A legal duty must be placed on health trusts and schools to guarantee all children with diabetes and long-term conditions are given proper support in order to take part in a normal school life, a charity has said.
Diabetes UK has called for a government guide on managing medicines in school to be published as soon as possible. It also wants inspectorate Ofsted to have routine checks to make sure that clear medication policies and procedures are in place.
The charity made the call after releasing a report claiming almost half (46%) of parents of primary school pupils with diabetes are forced to leave work or cut their hours to give care. About 29% of secondary school parents have been forced to do the same to administer insulin injections.
A total of 65% of primary pupils and 87% of secondary children told the charity, which spoke to 661 children with type 1 diabetes, that they felt staff in schools did not have proper training to deal with their condition.
Diabetes UK Chief Executive, Douglas Smallwood, said: "It is vital pupils have the correct support to control their condition within the school setting if they are to protect their short and long-term health."