ERIC has launched a resource outlining minimum standards on continence care in schools and early years settings.

'ERIC's Guide to Managing Continence in Schools and Early Years Settings’ enables school staff, healthcare professionals and parents to work through the issues surrounding toileting problems in a practical way. The guide is available to download from the Right to Go page of the ERIC website.

Practical information

The guidance includes information on the development of common childhood bowel and bladder 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.

It highlights the need for schools, health agencies and parents to work in partnership to ensure that childhood continence issues are managed effectively - and where possible, to help the child achieve continence.

More children having toileting accidents in schools

The resource was developed in response to the results of a survey by ERIC and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) in early 2012.

The research highlighted that 62% of primary school staff in the UK have noticed an increase in the number of children wetting or soiling themselves during the school day over the past five years, which increased to 71% among those working with three to five year olds.

Worryingly, around 4 in 10 (38%) also stated that their school has no written policy for dealing with childhood continence problems.

The Right to Go guidance has been developed by ERIC in partnership with PromoCon, and funded by the Roddick Foundation. A short leaflet is also available for download or in hard copy. Click here to download the resources.