Di­a­betes UK char­ity’s tips to sup­port par­ents

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

DI­A­BETES UK is urg­ing par­ents who have a child with Type 1 di­a­betes to make sure they have all the in­for­ma­tion and sup­port they re­quire to en­sure their child has a healthy and happy start back to school.

South-east re­gional man­ager at Di­a­betes UK Jill Steaton said: “All chil­dren have the right to a ful­fill­ing and en­joy­able ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence. That’s why we have set up a Di­a­betes UK’s Care in School Helpline, staffed by vol­un­teers, many of whom are par­ents of chil­dren with Type 1 di­a­betes. They can pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on chil­dren’s rights to sup­port at school as well as pro­vid­ing emo­tional sup­port if par­ents have any wor­ries.”

“To en­cour­age stu­dents aged 11 to 17 with Type 1 di­a­betes to tell their sto­ries, we have launched a Di­a­betes in School Short Film Com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s open to all stu­dents aged 11 to 17 who are in­vited to sub­mit a film, of no more than three min­utes long, shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences of liv­ing with di­a­betes at school. We hope that the com­pe­ti­tion will help to raise aware­ness of di­a­betes and in­spire oth­ers.”

Par­ents are en­cour­aged to con­tact the Care in School Helpline by call­ing 0345 123 2399 Mon­day to Fri­day, 9am to 7pm, about any school-re­lated con­cerns they have re­gard­ing their child and di­a­betes.

To ap­ply to take part in the Di­a­betes in School Short Film Com­pe­ti­tion and get more tips, visit www.di­a­betes.org.uk/ short-film-com­pe­ti­tion.

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