The Right To Go - education campaign
ERIC has launched a new campaign called The Right to Go, highlighting every child’s right to good care for a continence problem at school and to access safe, hygienic toilet facilities.
In the UK, 1 in 12 children has an ongoing continence problem, which is often extremely distressing to deal with. In a recent ERIC survey of young people, 72% said their problem sometimes or always stops them taking part in school activities, 69% said they would not feel able to talk to school staff about the problem and almost half said poor school toilet facilities contribute a little or a lot to their difficulty.
Common bladder and bowel problems experienced by children and young people include overactive bladders, Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting) and constipation. Every year in England alone there are around 15,000 hospital admissions for severe childhood constipation and UTI’s – 80% of which could be avoided through better care at a primary and community level. Receiving the right support, care and understanding in the school environment has a significant impact on those children affected, as well as their families.
The Right to Go campaign calls on schools, UK Governments and organisations across the public, voluntary and private sectors to work in partnership to ensure that:
- All education settings have appropriate policies and procedures in place to support children with continence problems and promote good bladder and bowel health.
- School toilets are safe, hygienic and well-maintained – and are protected by legislation, best practice guidance and effective monitoring.
- Children’s rights, views and experiences are listened to in relation to their bladder and bowel needs.
The resources below can help schools to implement best practice in relation to support for children with continence problems and the promotion of good bladder and bowel health.
This free, eight page leaflet provides information on the development of childhood continence issues and gives an overview of what schools can do to help manage these issues. It's an ideal resource for parents, teachers and healthcare professionals to download, print off and share within schools. Single, hard copies of the leaflet are also available on request and bulk orders are available.
This 20-page guidance document provides information on the development of common childhood continence problems, how to create a continence policy and individual health care plans, how to promote bladder and bowel health in schools and ways to support children with special needs who have continence issues. The resource is available to download free. It has been produced to enable individual sections and pages of the guide to be copied easily.