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The Rights of the Child with Diabetes in the School
May 2005

As a global advocate for all people with diabetes, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is concerned about the situation of children with diabetes, especially in their school environment. IDF holds the position that children and adolescents must be able to manage their diabetes in the school setting without being excluded or discriminated.

Appropriate diabetes care is required for children in order for them to be safe, to improve their long-term well being and to achieve their academic potential. Arrangements must be made for all school programmes taking place before, during and after lessons and performed on the school grounds, as well as for all school-sponsored activities that take place off the school campus.

IDF advocates that children must have the right to manage their diabetes at school. This includes the right to Children unable to perform self-management should have the right to receive appropriate supervision and to be aided in diabetes management tasks. To ensure safety, school personnel must have an understanding of diabetes, and there must be individuals trained in relevant aspects of diabetes care and the treatment of diabetes emergencies. Diabetes management must be allowed to occur in the least restrictive environment and without discrimination.

For appropriate diabetes care of students the following conditions are necessary
A Diabetes Healthcare Plan must be devised in collaboration with healthcare providers, school personnel, the parent/guardian and the student. The following components must be addressed in the Diabetes Healthcare Plan: Responsibilities and cooperation of various stakeholders IDF encourages all measures and actions that contribute to a better management of diabetes in the school. IDF recommends a cooperative and collaborative approach by all stakeholders to ensure that children with diabetes are able to manage their diabetes in the school setting without being excluded or discriminated.

Source: International Diabetes Federation