Diabetes UK charity’s tips to support parents
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.