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More support for children with diabetes in schools

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It's been 96 years since insulin was used to treat diabetes, now parents will receive more support from schools for their diabetic children.

Parents of diabetic children will have their needs protected by law later this month.

The Additional Learning Needs (ALN) bill ensures children living with type 1 diabetes and other medical conditions will have guaranteed care plans drawn up between parents and schools.

1,400
children and young people in Wales are currently living with Type 1 diabetes.

People with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce the hormone insulin, meaning they must receive regular doses via injections or a pump.

Some parents say they have had to call into schools to administer insulin jabs themselves.

Children and young people with Type 1 diabetes need the right support in order to succeed at school. We know that some schools already provide an excellent standard of care, but this is not the case for all.

This vital new legislation will give these children and young people new benefits and a level of protection they have never had before and make a difference to hundreds of families across Wales.

– Dai Williams, National Director, Diabetes UK Cymru

The Bill will extend to children and young people aged 0-25 and will apply to nurseries, colleges and universities for the first time.

The new system is expected to be fully in place by September 2020, although some areas are piloting it already.