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Diabetics 'failed' by schools

14th November 2007

A group of charities have claimed that pupils with diabetes are not receiving the support they need from schools.

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Diabetes UK, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, support group Input and UK Children with Diabetes Advocacy Group says schools are demanding parents come in to treat their child and also that diabetic children are missing out on school trips.

The three organisations have put together a series of recommendations. While care plans did exist, they say schools needed to invest more in the training of staff in diabetes care and where necessary bring in outside staff who can administer injections.

The coalition of diabetes charities surveyed 2,500 schools and 70% said that when pupils could not inject themselves, parents were asked to help. The findings come after another study showed that 83% of children with diabetes are not achieving recommended glucose levels and at a time that diabetes is rising in children.

In addition, while half of the Local Education Authorities surveyed said they had funding for diabetes care, only 30% of schools knew that some form of financial support might be available.

Chief executive of Diabetes UK, Douglas Smallwood, said: “This research confirms what too many parents have been telling us - that children with diabetes get a raw deal at school.?

The National Union Teachers said it supported the recommendations and would welcome provision for extra training.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families said it recommends schools should consult with parents and professionals so that pupils with diabetes can be involved.

 

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