Diabetes UK is urging people to help improve care in schools for children with diabetes by taking part in a Government consultation.
It has been launched following the publication of draft Government guidance into what all schools will be expected to do from September to support children with asthma, epilepsy and Type 1 diabetes.
This follows the decision by the Government last September to amend the Children and Families Bill so that it includes a legal obligation for schools to support children with these long-term health conditions.
Under the current system, many children with Type 1 diabetes are prevented from meeting their academic potential because the additional support they need as a result of their condition is not in place. This means these children can be excluded from school activities, denied places on school trips, and refused help with injecting, which means their parents have to go into school to help them.
In the long term, high blood glucose levels in childhood can increase risk of serious complications such as amputation, blindness and stroke later in life.
Jill Steaton, South East regional manager for Diabetes UK, said: “This consultation offers a huge opportunity to help ensure that all children are able to fully participate in their education, both here in Milton Keynes and across the country.
“At the moment, some parents and carers are telling us that their children are being refused help with their insulin or are refused a snack to help treat low blood sugar levels. In some cases parents have even had to go into the school to administer insulin, which puts a huge strain, emotionally and financially, on their families.
“This is why we are urging everyone, and especially parents, carers and people affected by diabetes, in Milton Keynes to have their say and tell the Government what they think of care for children with Type 1 diabetes in schools. By taking part in the consultation, we can help ensure all children with Type 1 diabetes get the support they need in school.”
For more visit www.diabetes.org.uk/make-the-grade. The consultation can be completed online at https://www.education.gov.uk/consultations/index.cfm?action=Respond&consultationId=1947