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Diabetes website for schools

Published 22/08/2011

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland has launched a new website giving information to parents of children with diabetes in school.

Every child with diabetes in Northern Ireland must have a care plan detailing their specific school needs, but the health charity says parents can struggle to agree a plan if there has been a change in circumstances.

Other difficulties highlighted include the provision of lunchtime insulin injections to those of primary school age and discrimination in relation to school trips and extra-curricular activities.

The charity has also experienced difficulties in relation to teachers not being made aware of a child's condition, the provision of private facilities to inject and confusion over the child's need to go to the toilet frequently or eat in class.

Information is also provided about the administration of insulin in school and the protocol for establishing a care plan.

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