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Pupils: Diabetes

Volume 489: debated on Thursday 19 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department takes to encourage increased awareness of diabetes among teachers and head teachers; and if he will make a statement; (244166)

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

“Managing Medicines in Schools and Early Years Settings”, issued jointly by my 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 pupils’ medicines and on supporting pupils with medical needs, taking account of local resources and their various responsibilities. We produced sister guidance in the same year, entitled “Including me: managing complex health needs in schools and early years settings”.

We are taking a number of steps to ensure that pupils with long-term medical conditions have access to the help they need to enable them to attend school and participate in school activities.