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Pupils: Diabetes

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance has been issued by his Department to (a) schools and (b) Ofsted on training of school staff relating to children with diabetes; and if he will place copies of such guidance in the Library. (241492)

This Department issued, in 2005, guidance entitled 'Managing Medicines in Schools and Early Years Settings'. This guidance was published jointly with the Department of Health, and specifically addresses what schools can do to help children with diabetes and other medical conditions.

The guidance contains information on putting arrangements in place for dealing with emergency situations, including when to call an ambulance. However, it is for schools and local authorities to set their own policy, including the training needs of staff, taking into account local needs and resources. They should work with local health services to support pupils with medical conditions, including diabetes.

This Department has not issued guidance on this matter to Ofsted.