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Pupils: Diabetes

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department issues to schools on administering of insulin to pupils with diabetes during school hours; what steps it takes to ensure that the guidance is adhered to; and if he will make a statement. (251036)

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.

Although there is no legal duty on schools to administer medication, or to support a child with self-medication, the guidance encourages schools to develop policies on the management of pupils' medicines and supporting pupils with medical needs. It also encourages schools to draw up, in consultation with parents and medical professionals, individual health care plans for children with medical needs.