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Children: Diabetes

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department is taking to encourage increased awareness of diabetes among teachers and head teachers; and if he will make a statement; (247315)

(2) what support is made available for children (a) up to the age of 11 and (b) aged between 11 and 16 years who have been diagnosed with diabetes; and if he will make a statement.

“Managing Medicines in Schools and Early Years Settings”, issued jointly by the Department and the Department of Health in 2005, specifically addresses what schools can do to support pupils with medical needs such as diabetes. It encourages schools and local authorities to develop policies on the management of pupil’s medicines and on supporting pupils with medical needs, taking account of local resources and their various responsibilities. We also produced sister guidance in the same year, entitled “Including me: managing complex health needs in schools and early years settings”.

Also, since September 2007 schools have a duty to promote the well-being of all pupils, including those with long term medical conditions. This duty defines well-being as the five outcomes of Every Child Matters, including being healthy and staying safe.

In April 2007, the Department of Health published a report entitled “Making Every Young Person with Diabetes Matter”, and has convened a group to support the implementation of best practice as set out in the report. The Department for Children, Schools and Families is represented on that group, and also on the sub-group set up to look specifically at support in schools.