A charity has released new guidelines to help teachers, parents and healthcare professionals tackle continence problems in children.
The resource from ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence) aims to set minimum standards for the management of toileting problems in schools and early years settings.
The Right to Go offers information about the development of common childhood continence problems such as daytime wetting, soiling or constipation.
It explains how to create a continence policy and individual health care plans and offers guidance on promoting bladder and bowel health in schools as well as supporting children with special needs who have continence issues.
The guide urges teachers, healthcare professionals and parents to work together to ensure that childhood incontinence is managed effectively.
ERIC director Jenny Perez said one in 12 UK children suffers with continence issues and called for these pupils to be given an individual care plan to ensure that their toileting needs are appropriately managed.
She added: “We urge teachers, healthcare professionals and parents to download our guidance and help ensure that children’s education, health and wellbeing at school is not compromised by continence issues, and that they receive the care they deserve.”
The Right to Go has been developed in association with PromoCon and funded by the Roddick Foundation.