Kids spend half their lives at school, but how do we create safe spaces in schools for kids with diabetes? How can we ensure they feel safe and understood? Here’s all the best advice we could find, from diabetes organisations around the world.
Diabetes Australia – Safe Schools Programme
Diabetes Australia has a Safe Schools Programme with information for parents, principals, students, school staff and health professionals. Check it out here!
Here are some helpful videos from Diabetes Australia:
Creating safe spaces in schools for kids with diabetes: IDF
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has a whole programme for kids with diabetes. It’s called KiDS, and you can download it below.
The global impact of KiDS
KiDS resources have been brought to the classroom in over 10 countries worldwide, engaging over 340,000 children and 19,800 teachers in 2100 schools. Check it out here!
The aim of the KiDS programme is to bring diabetes education to schools to fight diabetes-related stigma and promote healthy lifestyles to tackle the preventable risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.
ADA: Safe at Schools Programme
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has a Safe at School campaign that works to make sure the diabetes management needs of children are met so they are healthy and safe and able to enjoy the same opportunities as their peers. Learn more about legal protections, written care plans, training, help for schools, and more.
Effective School-based Diabetes Management requires 3 things:
1. Basic diabetes training for all staff.
2. Shared responsibilities for care, with leadership by school nurse.
3. To ensure that self-management is allowed in all school settings for students with capacity.
South African diabetes guidelines for schools
We don’t yet have a South African schools programme for kids with diabetes. What do you think should be included?
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