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Coming Clean on Incontinence

Continence in schools and toilet provision, are growing issues but there is still no legislation in this important area argues specialist Clos-o-Mat.

Research has shown that more than half of teachers questioned reported seeing more children starting school with continence problems yet were unsure how to deal with it.

Additionally, in a competition on the ‘ideal school’, toilets were mentioned in almost every one of the 15,000 entries.

Over the summer recess, improving school toilets – and particularly hygiene room provision – is a cost effective way of addressing the issues. Something as simple as changing a conventional WC for a ‘wash and dry’ toilet will help deliver consistent cleanliness after any little ‘accidents’ with optimum privacy and independence for the child insists the specialist supplier, Clos-o-Mat.

“There is actually no legislation governing cleaning and maintenance of school toilets, nor the provision of the necessary accessories-supply of toilet paper, soap etc,” complained Kelvin Grimes, Project Manager, ‘away from home’ toilet, Clos-o-Mat. “Yet it is even more important than ever because there are more children with special needs, in mainstream schools and there is growing incidence of lack of continence among able children.”

Mr Grimes believes that if there is just one WC in the school that is a wash and dry toilet, teachers would have an appropriate facility to help all the children be properly clean after an accident, without any worries about wiping clean with toilet paper, hand washing and faecal contamination.

Picture: There are problems with children and continence in schools that are not being addressed says Cos-o-Mat when WCs like the one shown can help

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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