ERIC is launching new training to help primary and secondary school staff manage continence in the classroom and ensure their policies and procedures align with legislation. The Children and Families Act 2014 outlined the responsibility of schools to support children with medical conditions, including children with bladder and bowel problems and those that have yet to master the skill of independent toileting.

On Monday 18  April parents across the UK find out where their children will start school in September. ERIC encourages parents to try to ensure their children are toilet trained before starting school but this is not achievable for all families and some children will have already developed continence problems such as constipation before starting school. 

Schools should be informed either by the school nurse or parents themselves if they will be taking in children with continence conditions. This gives schools five months to equip staff with the skills to manage continence in the classroom.

Although bowel and bladder problems are more prevalent in primary school-aged children, this issue also affects secondary schools. Around one in 12 children aged 5-16 will develop ongoing bladder and bowel problems including daytime wetting, bedwetting, and constipation and soiling, with some continuing to be affected throughout their teenage years and into adulthood.

Jackie Fuidge, ERIC’s Learning and Development Manager, said: "Our new training is designed and delivered by experts in children’s continence care and compliments our Guide to Managing Continence in Schools and Early Years Settings. Anyone who has to handle accidents in the classroom or who has a pupil in their care with a bladder or bowel problem should attend.” 

For almost 20 years ERIC has trained health and education staff to understand and treat children’s bowel and bladder problems, but for the first time the charity is launching a training day designed solely for educators.

The first day-long training will take place on Monday 11 July in London and will cover:

  • How children’s continence problems develop and are managed
  • Schools’ legal duties towards children with bladder and bowel issues
  • Meeting children’s needs in a school setting
  • ERIC’s Right to Go campaign which seeks to help schools develop policies and procedures to support children with continence problems and promote good bladder and bowel health.

To find out more about the training, including the full programme, venue, fee and booking details, please visit ERIC's training calendar. Future dates and locations will be announced later in the year. 

Bespoke training can also be arranged by contacting ERIC’s Learning and Development Manager Jackie Fuidge - jackie@eric.org.uk / 0117 301 2102.