IDDT drive aiming to improve diabetes care in UK schools

Jack Woodfield
Tue, 10 Jan 2017
IDDT drive aiming to improve diabetes care in UK schools
A diabetes charity is urging parents and teachers to order its free resources to support children with the condition at school.

The InDependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT) has launched a new campaign to drive up standards of care and improve knowledge and awareness in educational settings.

Schools now have a legal duty to ensuring policies and care plans are in place for children with diabetes following the introduction of the Children and Families Act 2014.

In 2016, IDDT sent out 5,000 booklets about type 1 diabetes and children, and more schools are now being encouraged to come on board.

Their publications include 'Diabetes - What Schools Need to Know' and the 'Parents Passport for Schools', which were developed to support the 20,000 children with the condition in the UK.

IDDT chief executive Martin Hirst 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.

"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."

Published last year, the booklet 'Diabetes - What Schools Need To Know' provides information about diabetes, covering insulin, carbohydrates, testing blood sugar levels and exercise.

The charity's 'Parents Passport for Schools' enables parents to inform teachers and the school nurse about key information relating to their child's condition. It was published in May 2015.

The charity has more than 17,000 members and helps and supports people with diabetes through a free helpline as well as providing publications, publishing newsletters and also staging events.

People can order the free resources by calling the charity on 01604 622837.
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