Free IDDT booklet to help schools improve diabetes care

Jack Woodfield
Thu, 09 Jun 2016
Free IDDT booklet to help schools improve diabetes care
UK schools are being encouraged to adopt a new iniative to improve the care of pupils with diabetes.

The InDependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT), a leading diabetes charity, has produced a free booklet as part of a campaign to drive up standards of care for school children with the condition.

The 16-page resource will include important information regarding insulin, diet and exercise.

The booklet has been published in an attempt to provide teachers with essential information about diabetes following the introduction of the Children and Families Act in 2014.

This legislation was introduced for schools to support youngsters with long-term health conditions. Under the Act, schools need to have a medical conditions policy in place, along with an individual healthcare plan for any children with type 1 diabetes.

Martin Hirst, chief executive of the IDDT, said: "We have been asked to develop a resource for teachers and school staff, to give them information in general about diabetes and some tips about managing the condition in the school environment.

"This booklet looks at not just the practical side of managing diabetes but also the emotional effect it can have on everyone involved, with the aim of minimising the impact that living with the condition can have.

"We hope this booklet, alongside the passport, will prove to be valuable tools for teachers with a child with diabetes in their charge, school nurses and specialist educational needs (SEN) co-ordinators."

This comes after the Northampton-based charity also published the Parents Passport for Schools booklet last year to help schools provide more help for pupils.

IDDT provides a free, confidential helpline and offers support across the globe to help people manage their condition and live healthier lives.
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