Bladder and bowel problems are known as incontinence issues.
These can be common amongst children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and they can be stressful to them and to their families.
However there are several dedicated organisations in the UK that can help you manage or overcome these difficulties.
Please have a look at the following links if you or your child are suffering as consequence of wetting and soiling problems:
If your child or the young person is experiencing bowel/bladder issues which are related to a health condition, schools have a duty to meet these needs.
Issues with toileting can be due to a medical condition and may be defined as a disability under the Equality Act 2010. Some children or young people may need to wear continence pads and should not be refused admission to educational settings on the grounds of this as the educational setting has a duty to make reasonable adjustments.
For more information please click here: Equality & Inclusion / Medical needs at school
For for further information to support your understanding of bowel and bladder issues, please visit:
- ERIC helpline, information, message boards and products. This website also includes a kids’ zone explaining about continence to children. ERIC the children’s bowel and bladder charity
- Bladder and Bowel UK provides links to organisations which sell toilet-related products including swimwear, absorbent pants and toilet seats for older children.
- NICE Guidelines: Bedwetting in children and young people, Constipation in
children and young people.
- A handy guide to accessible toilets when you are out and about, changing spaces and the National Radar Key Scheme:
The Great British toilet map
National Radar Key Scheme
- Easy Read resources for children and young people on:
Easy Read Bedwetting
Easy Read Constipation