Trust launches free diabetes ‘Parents Passports’ for schools
For Diabetes Awareness Week, the IndDependent Diabetes Trust created 'Parents Passports' to make managing diabetes easier.
Free booklets aimed at helping pupils and parents manage diabetes in schools are now available through the InDependent Diabetes Trust. The ‘Parents Passports’ are designed to make managing the condition easier for children and staff during the school day. The charity has created the document in response to listening to the concerns of parents, who worry about how their children will cope with the condition when they are away from home.
The organisation was formed in the early 1990s and has been seeking to support and understand people living with diabetes and their families for over 20 years. It not only wants to help those who actually have diabetes but also their carers – the husbands, wives, partners, parents and professionals, indeed, all of us who ‘live with diabetes’. It recognises that when one person in a family has diabetes, all other family members are affected to a greater or lesser extent and they all have views and needs which may be different from the person with diabetes, but nevertheless are important.
The passport has been designed to enable parents to inform schools about how to manage their child’s diabetes and in turn support schools to comply with Special Educational Needs regulations. It also provides teachers with vital information about the condition. IDDT has produced similar documents for use in hospitals and also in care settings, such as residential care. As with all the leaflets, the passport is free.
The document contains a wide range of information on how a child’s diabetes is managed. This includes how to deal with high and low blood sugar levels as well as advice on food, mealtimes, insulin administration and blood testing.
IDDT hopes that the passport will prove to be a valuable tool for families with a child with diabetes, teachers with a child with diabetes in their charge, school nurses and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities co-ordinators.
If you would like to order copies please call IDDT on 01604 622837, email firstname.lastname@example.org or