Children: Diabetes

Education written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Jamie Reed Jamie Reed Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department gives to teachers and teaching support staff on supporting children with type one diabetes.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Non-statutory guidance, “Managing Medicines in Schools and Early Years Settings”, is available to schools to help them manage medicines and support children with medical needs.

From September 2014, there will be a new duty, (introduced in the Children and Families Act 2014), on governing bodies of maintained schools (and proprietors of academies) to make arrangements to support pupils at school with medical conditions and to have regard to statutory guidance. The guidance (upon which we have consulted publicly) will set out the requirements on schools to support children with medical conditions, which we would expect them to apply to conditions such as diabetes.

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