Coalition calls for better diabetes care in schools

A coalition of charities is calling on government and Local Education Authorities (LEAs) to provide more support in schools for children with type 1 diabetes.

This week it released the results of a survey to coincide with the first UN-endorsed World Diabetes Day (Wednesday, 14 November). The survey, which asked LEAs and schools about their experiences of the condition, found that 70 per cent of children who cannot inject themselves with insulin rely on their parents to do it for them.

The coalition – which comprises Diabetes UK, Juvenile Dia­betes Research Foundation, INPUT and UK Children with Diabetes Advocacy Group – wants more information on the condition available to school staff. It also wants to help schools develop policies on dealing with diabetic children.

A national press and broadcast campaign will encourage supporters to write letters to their local MP.

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