School nurses will soon have access to a type 1 diabetes toolkit, which has been compiled and released by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
The pack, ‘Talking T1 - Learning about Type 1 diabetes’ has been put together by the charity to help schools provide support to pupils affected by the condition.
According to JDRF, in the last 20 years the number of cases of type 1 diabetes among children under five has increased five-fold.
Head of outreach at JDRF, Katy Pickering, said: “If you do not already have a child in your school living with type 1 diabetes you can expect one soon.
“It is vital that schools are prepared and able to support children with the condition.”
The charity’s toolkit was originally launched in 2009, but has now been adapted by education and health professionals and relaunched.
It provides information to help nurses and teachers understand the support needed by students with type 1 diabetes and advises them on how to integrate this support into a teaching environment.
UK senior director of Lilly Diabetes, Ian Dane, said: “Education lies at the heart of any winning strategy in the fight against diabetes.”