Welcome to SWEET

A group of established European and national diabetes organisations have joined forces to improve diabetes management in children and adolescents...

We are delighted to present you what SWEET has achieved over the past years and invite you to take a look at what we are planning for the near future in the field of paediatric diabetes care in Europe.

This site also provides an overview of how you can become part of the SWEET e.V. network as a Collaborative Centre or as a Centre of Reference.

  • Presentation of SWEET-project to the European Commission, March 2011, European Parliament in Brussels

  • More than 20 Members of the European Parliament were interested in establishing of Centres of Reference

  • SWEET makes modern evidence-based care available to children and adolescents with diabetes across Europe

A Sweet Story

SWEET originally started as a three-year European project (‘The SWEET-project’, April 2008 – March 2011), based on a joint initiative of established national and European diabetes organisations: ISPAD, IDF Europe, FEND and PCDE. Co-funding was granted by the European Union in the framework of the Public Health Programme (project 2007104) with additional funds from corporate partners and foundations.

‘SWEET’ is an acronym derived from ‘Better control in Pediatric and Adolescent diabeteS: Working to crEate CEnTers of Reference’.

The main aim of the SWEET-project was to improve secondary prevention, diagnosis and control of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents by supporting the development of centres of reference (CORs) for paediatric and adolescent diabetes services across the EU. And that is exactly what the SWEET-project has achieved over the past three years (2008-2011).  Since April 2008, 23 certified European Centres of Reference in paediatric diabetes care have been defined. In addition, quality-of-care guidelines and requirements to become a Centre of Reference in paediatric care have been composed.

However, much more than the creation of these reference centres has been achieved over the past years. A close collaboration between paediatric diabetes healthcare professionals across Europe has been established. This collaboration is not only situated on a medical level, to compare and contrast models of good practice but also on a research level, in order to make modern evidence-based care available to children and adolescents with diabetes across Europe.

In addition, SWEET has been put forward as a best-practice model in several countries. In the UK for example, the SWEET guidelines and recommendations have been used as a catalyst and foundation to work towards improving and standardising many aspects of care e.g. education for children, young people, families and health care professionals. Collaboration has been established between SWEET and the NHS Diabetes: Paediatric Diabetes Peer Review Programme.

SWEET has also received considerate political attention. In March 2011, diabetes specialists from across Europe visited the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, to present the final results of the SWEET-project. More than 20 Members of the European Parliament were interested in discussing how the establishment of Centres of Reference for paediatric diabetes care across Europe can be supported. Also, delegates from the European Commission were present and highlighted the importance of Centres of Reference within the EU and expressed their support for the continuation of SWEET.

To Be Continued

The end of the SWEET-project in March 2011 has not been the final chapter of the SWEET story. Through the legal entity, SWEET e.V. and with the support of ISPAD, SWEET enables more  paediatric diabetes centres to become qualified and certified Centres of Reference providing modern and evidence-based care through a multidisciplinary approach.