Teachers ‘lack of knowledge’ about diabetes puts children in danger

Diabetes check

Schools across the UK are being criticised by parents of children with type 1 diabetes for their lack of knowledge or understanding about the condition and their reluctance to be trained in basic life saving skills…reports Asian Lite News.

Diabetes check
Diabetes check

A survey carried out by Diabetes.co.uk  reveals that over a third of parents (37%) are not confident that their child’s teachers know what to do in an emergency such as a hypoglycaemia episode and 31% are not happy with the school’s care plan for their child.  Shockingly, over half (51%) of children with type 1 diabetes are not confident about going to teaching staff with any diabetes-related problems and only 28% of parents feel that their child’s teachers has a good understanding of type 1 diabetes.

Comments from parents who took part in the survey not only illustrate their feeling of frustration at the lack of knowledge, but also show how the reaction of some teachers can hinder not help children with type 1 diabetes. Some parents said “Teachers don’t have the time or resources to really deal with my son’s needs.  I feel it’s an accident waiting to happen”; “My child has been type 1 diabetic in his school for four years and only one teacher has ever bothered to ask information.  They have lost his insulin and emergency snack box a number of times, they phone me for any little problem, and one teacher even told him to go away when he told her his sugar was low.  Another teacher shouted at him because he had to do a blood reading saying he was holding up the class”; “The teachers have no understanding of type 1 diabetes – one teacher actually explained to the class that it was due to liver problems”; “O ne of the teachers was actually trying to give her insulin when she was having a hypo”

Parents felt that schools generally have poor awareness of the seriousness of diabetes and the implications it can have upon learning, behaviour and accessing the curriculum. Problems especially occur with hypoglycaemia and this puts not only the child’s learning, but their life at risk.

Despite the recent change in legislation, schools are not coping and are not doing everything they need to do to keep children safe, parents said.