Diabetes Awareness Training for Schools & Carers


This course in Diabetes Awareness for Schools & Carers is designed to help those responsible for children with diabetes monitor and treat children, while also providing guidance on everyday health risks, medication, and general wellbeing.

 The CPD Accredited eLearning course provides the user with a printable certificate upon completion of the end-of-training test.

Learning Outcomes

In this course you will learn:

  • What diabetes is and measures for managing its symptoms.
  • The daily effects and risks of diabetes.
  • The responsibilities of schools and carers towards young people with diabetes.
  • How to provide care for young people with diabetes outside of the classroom setting, such as on school trips.

Course Contents

This course consists of five sections:

Section 1: what is diabetes?

The first part of this course explains what diabetes is, the two types in which it presents, and how to distinguish between them. It details the symptoms of diabetes in children and how to identify them, and provides context for both the short- and long-term effects of the condition.

Section 2: everyday risks and responsibilities

Diabetes is a condition that requires daily management in order for the child to stay healthy. This section considers the everyday health risks for children with diabetes, demonstrating how schools and caregivers can work with pupils to recognise when a child’s glucose levels are too low or too high, and teach them to monitor and control their own glucose levels. Finally, it explains what to do in the event of an emergency.

Section 3: medication for diabetes

There are several different types of diabetes medication covered in this section, including tablets and insulin injections and pumps. We will show you how and when to use these medications and other medical equipment relating to diabetes, as well as how to clean and store them.

Section 4: school trips

Section 4 details the various health risks that children with diabetes might face on a school trip. Here, we explain how to plan and prepare for such a trip, with a focus on medication supply and storage, and what to do if illness or a health emergency occurs.

Section 5: education and wellbeing

Children with diabetes need to learn how to manage their condition, but we also want to provide them with all the support they need. This section considers the emotional challenges children may face and how to help them keep themselves healthy. We also cover learning and exams, and offer general advice for how you can provide support within your role.

About the Course


Diabetes is an increasing threat to the welfare of children and young people, with around 35,000 sufferers under the age of 19 in the UK. As well as causing challenges for their short-term physical health, children with diabetes may suffer longer-term complications physically and emotionally if they are not adequately supported every day.

This course explains the ways you can provide that support as part of your role, including assisting them with monitoring their glucose levels, and managing their food and medication, looking out for them on trips and in exams, and understanding their range of needs regarding their education and general wellbeing.


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