Diabetes UK have launched two new information packs to help improve support for school children with medical conditions in schools across Greater Manchester.
The packs – one for schools and for parents – have been produced following a change in the law that means schools in England are now legally obliged to provide the best support possible for children with conditions including, Type 1 diabetes, epilepsy and asthma.
The law is set to come into effect in September and schools across Greater Manchester will have to ensure they have individual healthcare plans and medical policies in place.
Jo Cunnah, interim North West regional manager of Diabetes UK said: “While the new law has potential to make a huge difference to the lives of children with Type 1 diabetes we recognise that some schools in the area may have some concerns about how best to implement the new rules.
“This is why we have produced new resources for schools and parents, which provide practical tips and information on how best to support their children so they are able to make the most of their time at school.
“We also want all parents in Greater Manchester to be aware of the new law and they can also help by ensuring that their schools are aware of the changes so that no child misses out.”
Packs include a guide and tips for schools on how to implement the news rules.
It also includes a sample medical conditions policy, information about the condition and how best to support children who have it and answers to important questions such as how to store insulin.
Parent’s packs contain information about what they should expect from their child’s school and information about how to care for a child with Type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes UK are now calling on parents and carers across Greater Manchester to help make their schools aware of the new guidance and the charity’s free resources.
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