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Pupils: Insulin

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that there are sufficient facilities for school students who require insulin injections during the school day to have the necessary medical support in schools; (126521)

(2) what assessment he has made of the adequacy of levels of provision of trained personnel in schools to support the health needs of children;

(3) what guidance his Department gives to schools on the administration to students of insulin injections during the school day.

The DfES and DH have jointly recommended to schools, in ‘Managing Medicines in Schools and Early Years Settings’ (2005) that they should, with support from their local authority and local health professionals, develop policies on managing medicines and put in place effective management systems to support individual children with medical needs, including diabetes. The guidance advises that schools should have sufficient support staff who are trained to manage medicines as part of their duties. We have no plans to monitor training of school staff in this specific area.