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Welsh school recognised for ‘fantastic’ diabetes care for students

Baden Powell Primary School has been presented with the Diabetes UK ‘Good Diabetes Care in School Award’ because of the help and support it gives to the children who attend the school with the condition.

The award was launched in January 2019 in a bid to raise awareness of how important good diabetes care is in schools.

Since then more than 200 schools have received an award. As part of the prestigious accolade each winner receives a trophy and features on the Diabetes UK Honour Wall.

Speaking to news outlet Wales247, Ceri Gibbon, acting headteacher of the school, said: “We had a child with us through nursery, reception and year 1 with type 1 diabetes, who left us to move to another school last summer. We worked very closely with the hospital and pediatric specialist nurse Corrina Bretland to offer the family as much support as we were able.

“We held whole-school training for staff to ensure that all staff were aware of the condition and able to recognise signs and concerns. Sara Howard, Lisa Hill, Linda Cole and Shauna Lewis were all particularly supportive in making sure that readings were taken, insulin administered and every meal carb counted, to keep the child with diabetes healthy and well.

“As a school we prioritise the wellbeing of all our children and were delighted to receive the award recognising this.”

Dai Williams, National Director, Diabetes UK Cymru, said, “Congratulations to Baden Powell Primary for doing such a fantastic job supporting students with type 1 diabetes.

“Every child and young person with diabetes deserves to have the same opportunities as their friends, and their parents should be confident they’re looked after properly in school. We encourage all schools in Cardiff and across Wales to follow Baden Powell’s example, so that children and young people stay healthy and get the best from their education.”

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