Following the introduction at the beginning of the current school year of a legal duty for schools in England to support youngsters with long-term health conditions, including Type 1 diabetes, schools are being encouraged to adopt a new diabetes ‘passport’ to help drive up standards of care for pupils with the condition.
Launched by the InDependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT), the booklet is available to teachers across the country in a move to help schools meet new legislation and improve diabetes care.
The InDependent Diabetes Trust [IDDT] is all too aware of the difficulties that children with diabetes and their parents face in everyday life when managing the condition. One area that proves particularly problematic is managing the condition at school.
The Parents Passport for Schools has been designed to enable parents to inform schools about how to manage their child’s diabetes and in turn support schools to comply with special educational needs (SEN regulations) as well as informing teachers about the condition. IDDT has produced similar documents for use in hospitals and also in care settings, such as residential care.The charity also provides information booklets and other support, such as collecting unwanted insulin to help adults and children in developing countries who cannot afford the insulin they need for survival.
The passport is available FREE of charge and contains a wide range of information on how a child’s diabetes is managed, including:
“Children with diabetes deserve to have their needs looked after while at school, but unfortunately we are well aware of the difficulties that children with diabetes and their parents face in everyday life when managing the condition,” said Jenny Hirst, co-founder of the charity.”
“One area that proves particularly problematic is managing the condition at school.”
“With this in mind, IDDT has produced a new, free booklet, the Parents Passport for Schools.”
“IDDT hopes that the passport will prove to be a valuable tool for families with a child with diabetes, teachers with a child with diabetes in their class, school nurses and SEN co-ordinators.”
Under the Children and Families Act 2014, schools need to have a medical conditions policy in place, along with an individual healthcare plan for any children with Type 1 diabetes.
To order copies of the passport, call IDDT on 01604 622837 or email email@example.com
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