Back to school bonus – JDRF applauds introduction of new law for children with type 1 diabetes
Posted on 28 August 2014
Come the new academic term in September, it will be a legal duty for schools in England to support children with long term health conditions – including type 1 diabetes.
Led by Diabetes UK, the Government has responded to pressure to amend its Children and Families Bill. Schools must now have a medical conditions policy in place, along with an individual healthcare plan that is tailored to meet the needs of every child living with type 1 diabetes.
Schools must also work with parents and diabetes specialist nurses to make sure children get the individual support they need – and ensure that all relevant staff are trained on the needs of those with the condition.
Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF, said: ‘I’ve heard stories from parents that many schools do a fantastic job supporting children with type 1 diabetes. But I have also heard unfortunate stories of those that do not get the support they deserve. This new law will ensure pupils that live with the condition can no longer be discriminated against.’
She added: ‘Congratulations to Diabetes UK, and our supporters, for campaigning tirelessly to make this happen.’
JDRF offers a range of resources to schools on how to support pupils with type 1 diabetes in the classroom. These include our ‘Talking T1’ primary school packs and secondary school packs. Click here to find out more.