MP pledges to support children with Type 1 diabetes in Southport schools
Southport MP John Pugh has shown his support for children with Type 1 diabetes by backing a campaign by Diabetes UK for improved care in school for children living with the condition.
Mr Pugh attended Diabetes UK’s parliamentary reception held to raise awareness of a new law, which now means that all schools in England are legally required to provide support to children with medical conditions such as Type 1 diabetes.
The new law will come into effect in September and will mean that schools in England will have to make sure they have individual healthcare plans and a medical conditions policy in place. They will also have to commit to working closely with parents and relevant healthcare professionals such as Diabetes Specialist Nurses.
At the event Mr Pugh met with Southport residents Jackie Lofts and her 12-year-old daughter Katie who has Type 1 diabetes.
Barbara Young, Diabetes UK Chief Executive, and Lord Nash, the Education Minister responsible for the new law, also gave speeches at the event.
Diabetes UK has produced free packs for schools to help them implement the new rules.
The packs contain information about Type 1 diabetes and how to support children with the condition and include a sample medical conditions policy.
The charity has also produced free packs for parents, which set out the care their children should expect to receive in school.
John Pugh MP said: “Too many children and young people with Type 1 diabetes in Southport and across the country are not getting the support and care they need to manage their condition in school which can affect their education and health. Often children with Type 1 diabetes are excluded from aspects of school life, which is clearly unacceptable.
“This is why I’m backing Diabetes UK’s Type 1 Make the Grade campaign and I will be working with schools in Southport to ensure that children and young people with the condition in the area are getting the support they are entitled to.”
Diabetes UK’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Robin Hewings, said: “We are pleased to have the support of John Pugh MP on what is a very important issue. While many children get excellent care in Southport, we hear of too many examples where children with diabetes experience avoidable ill health because they don’t get the care they need in school.
“We need to make sure that everyone – teachers, parents and health leaders, are aware of the new law so that every child and young person with Type 1 diabetes gets the best possible care in school.
This is why we have launched our new resources for schools and parents, which sets out what good diabetes care looks like in school.”
The free schools and parent pack are available to order from the Diabetes UK website at www.diabetes.org.uk/schools
Diabetes UK’s resources have been made possible as part of its National Charity partnership with Tesco.
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