Policy briefing

Support for children with bowel and bladder problems

Practical guidance covers how to promote good bladder and bowel health in schools, including managing incontinence, safeguarding and examples of continence policies and care plans.
Picture shows boys taking turns drinking from a water fountain at a park. Practical information aimed at schools, nurseries and colleges to support children with bladder and bowel issues and toileting has been published by Bowel and Bladder UK.

Practical guidance covers how to promote good bladder and bowel health in schools, including managing incontinence, safeguarding and examples of continence policies and care plans

Essential facts

Continence conditions are among the most common health issues affecting children and young people, with more than 900,000 children in the UK affected by bowel and bladder difficulties, according to the children’s bowel and bladder charity Eric .

Growing numbers of children are also starting school still wearing nappies, which places a burden on teachers, according to the charity.

Bowel and bladder problems are associated with stigma, embarrassment and shame , affecting social

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