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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 5 sections

  1. 1 What is Diabetes?
  2. 2 Everyday Risks and Responsibilities
  3. 3 Medication for Diabetes
  4. 4 School Trips
  5. 5 Education and Well-Being
A child testing their blood glucose levels - Diabetes Training
What is Diabetes? We take a closer look at diabetes, the differences between the 2 types and symptoms to look out for in section 1 of our diabetes training for schools and carers.

In this section we look at the two types of diabetes and the symptoms to watch out for in a child. We also explain the long-term effects of poorly controlled diabetes.

Image showing teacher calling ambulance after child's glucose levels have been too low for too long.

Here, we discuss the health risks for a child with diabetes. We explain how school staff can recognise when a child's glucose levels are too low or too high, and how to help a child monitor and control their glucose levels. We also explain what to do in an emergency.

Diagram showing how glucose levels should be balanced and the medication used to balance these levels as part of our children with diabetes training.

This section covers the different types of medication that are used to treat diabetes, including tablets, insulin injections and insulin pumps. It also covers the medical equipment a child uses, and a step by step guide on how to administer an insulin injection.

Image showing what needs to be considered when taking a child with diabetes on a school trip.

In this section we highlight everything that needs to be considered before and during a school trip – including long-stay and overnight trips. This also includes storing medication and what to do if a child becomes unwell.

Education and well-being - Image shows how diabetes can negatively affect a child's well-being and education.

Diabetes can have a negative impact on a child’s education and well-being if they are not supported. In this section, we cover learning, exams, and how you can help by offering emotional and practical support.

About this course

Children with diabetes must manage their condition every day. It's vital for their short and long-term health.

Around 35,000 children and young people (Under the age of 19) have diabetes in the UK alone. 96% of children are classified as having type 1 diabetes, 2% have type 2 diabetes and the other 2% have rare forms of diabetes or a diagnosis that is not yet defined.

The number of people being diagnosed with diabetes has dsoubled since 1996, therefore awareness and understanding of the health risks associated wiht diabetes is essential. For employees working in childcare, schools or in care, being able to support children with diabetes is increasingly important. 

Diabetes training for teachers and carers offers a great insight for any employees who care for children with diabetes. Throughout the course, users will develop their knowledge on the following areas: 

  • How diabetes works
  • Keeping children with diabetes happy and healthy
  • How to control glucose levels 
  • What to do in an emergency
  • Providing daily emotional and practical support for children 

If you work with children you may also be interested in the following training courses:

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Michelle Livings, a presenter of Diabetes Training for Schools & Carers

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Michelle Livings

The importance of Diabetes Training for Schools & Carers

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Diabetes Training certificate

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Diabetes Training for Schools & Carers course concludes with a 15 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Diabetes Training for Schools & Carers Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

Diabetes Training Certificate

153 real user reviews

4.8 out of 5
Learnt new key facts about diabetes

This user gave this course a rating of 4/5 stars

It was very informative!

This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

Lots of information

Great training lots of useful information. I would like to have some dialogue with a professional as I am left with a question or two particularly as the condition has such severe implications.

This training is great

It is easy to use and navigate. I find it sometimes goes into more detail than is necessary.

Good overview of the condition

Good key facts and overview of the condition and how to support in various settings

Very basic

This course is extremely basic, it doesn’t give enough in depth information and this course alone would not be enough to care effectively for a child with diabetes. So much important information has been missed out (my son has type 1 diabetes and I just done the course out pd curiosity to see if it was worth my staff doing). I wouldn’t recommend the course to someone looking to work with or care for a child with diabetes.

Really helpful, well put together course

The course was really helpful and very insightful. Having never had diabetes training before, I just found the information really helpful. After previously knowing next to nothing about diabetes, I now fill as I Know a lot more, thanks to the course.

Easy access

Very easy Web site to follow. Instructions are easy to follow. Really good update reminders on which needs completing for the course

Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

Compliance with regulations is important to meet legal obligations, but it’s also good to know how regulations can impact you and your business. The two pieces of legislation that govern diabetes are: 

  • The Equality Act 2010
  • The Children and Families Act 2014

Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act of 2010 outlines that schools in England, Scotland and Wales have a responsibility towards children who are diagnosed with as diabetic. It stipulates that anyone with a long-term health condition, such as diabetes, cannot be treated any differently to anyone else because of their condition. 

It legally protects people from discrimination inside and outside of the workplace and replaced all previous anti-discrimination laws that were in place before, such as The Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Children and Families Act 2014

The Children and Families Act 2014 recognises that pupils in school with medical conditions should be properly supported to ensure that they have access to a full education, which also includes school trips and physical forms of education. 

It also states the EHC plans must be put in place and replace the old special education statements: 

"A new Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan based on a single assessment process will replace special education statements. EHC plans will support children, young people and their families from birth to 25."

The Children and Families Act 2014

In the meantime, who not check out some of our online resources to develop your knowledge of diabetes a little further? Here’s a selection of helpful articles with links  below. 

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