Thousands of booklets sent to parents and children with diabetes

By Editor
9th January 2017
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More schools are being urged to make use of free information aimed at improving diabetes care and support for children in the educational setting.

Over 5,000 free booklets about type 1 diabetes and children have been sent out in the last year by the charity, the InDependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT).

‘Diabetes – What Schools Need to Know’ and the ‘Parents Passport for Schools’ booklets were created to help drive up standards of care for pupils with the condition in schools.

In the UK there are about 20,000 children with type 1 diabetes under the age of 15 years. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body stops producing insulin and is diagnosed as an acute condition requiring a lifetime of treatment with insulin.

Martin Hirst, chief executive of the charity, said: “Providing teachers and school staff with the relevant information about diabetes and the best way to help pupils manage their condition while at school is vital.

Providing teachers and school staff with the relevant information about diabetes

“Many people do not understand the condition and the potential danger if it is not managed properly, which is why we urge all schools to take advantage of our free booklets and send off for them, because the information could really make all the difference to their pupils with type 1 diabetes.

“The booklets look at the practical side of managing diabetes, as well the emotional effect it can have on everyone involved. The aim is to minimise the impact living with the condition can have and help the children enjoy and thrive during their school career.”

‘Diabetes – What Schools Need To Know’ was launched last year and is a resource for teachers and school staff, providing them with general information and tips about managing the condition in the school environment.

It covers key facts, including the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as well as sections on using insulin, diet and carbohydrates, exercise and blood glucose testing. Information on hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia, stress and communication are also included.

The Parents Passport for Schools was launched in May 2015 and provides a means by which parents can formally let schools know how to manage their child’s diabetes.

Under the Children and Families Act 2014, schools have legal duty to have a medical conditions policy in place, along with an individual healthcare plan for any child deemed to have a special educational need, which includes children with long-term health conditions, such as asthma or diabetes. The booklets aim to support special educational needs co-coordinators (SENCOs) to meet these legal obligations.

IDDT, an International charity based in Northampton, has over 17,000 members and works across the globe helping families and people with diabetes to manage their condition and live positive, healthy lives.

The charity provides a free, confidential helpline, has published dozens of helpful publications, stages events and lobbies the government on behalf of people with diabetes.

To order free copies of Diabetes – What Schools Need to Know and the Parents Passport for Schools, call 01604 622837 or email martin@iddtinternational.org.

You can download the publication at http://www.iddt.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/IDDT-Diabetes-What-Schools-Need-to-Know.pdf.

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