The charity is campaigning to raise awareness of a new law, which now means that all schools in England are legally required to provide support that children with medical conditions, such as Type 1 diabetes, need.
The new law will come into effect in September and will mean that schools in England will have to make sure they have individual healthcare plans and a medical conditions policy in place. They will also have to commit to working closely with parents and relevant healthcare professionals such as Diabetes Specialist Nurses.
Diabetes UK has produced free packs for schools to help them implement the new rules. The packs contain information about Type 1 diabetes and how to support children with the condition and a sample medical conditions policy.
The charity has also produced free packs for parents, which set out the care they should expect in school.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Too many children and young people with Type 1 diabetes in Tameside, Stockport and across the country are not getting the support and care they need to manage their condition in school which can affect the education and health. Often children with Type 1 diabetes are excluded from aspects of school life, which is clearly unacceptable.
“This is why I’m backing Diabetes UK Type 1 Make the Grade campaign and I will be working with schools in my constituency of Denton and Reddish to ensure that children and young people with the condition in the area are getting the support they are entitled to.”
Diabetes UK’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Robin Hewings, said:
“We are pleased to have the support of Andrew Gwynne MP on what is a very important issue. While many children get excellent care in Stockport and Tameside we hear too many examples of where children with diabetes experience avoidable ill health because they don’t get the care they need in school.
“We need to make sure that everyone – teachers, parents and health leaders, are aware of the new law so that every child and young person with Type 1 diabetes gets the best possible care in school. This is why we have launched our new resources for schools and parents, which sets out what good diabetes care looks like in school.”