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Call for better diabetes support in schools

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Every school in England should have a policy on how to work with school nurses, teachers, support staff and paediatric teams to combat diabetes, according to a report.
The report reveals that children with diabetes’ health is at serious risk because 70% of schools said that where children were unable to inject themselves with insulin, parents have to come in and do it for them.

Now a coalition of organisations is calling on the government, local education authorities and schools to develop and implement effective policies to support children and young people with type 1 diabetes during school hours.

School staff need to be given the appropriate training and knowledge to help children successfully manage their type 1 diabetes and avoid putting their health at risk.

Karen Addington, chief executive of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the UK, said: ‘The current situation can not be allowed to continue. Local Education Authorities and schools must collectively take responsibility and work together to put the needs of children with type 1 diabetes, in the classroom, first.’
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