The Right To Go campaign (school toilets and Encopresis)

Hi everyone,

How are you? I hope you’re all going well, and returning to school life (for those that do). I found this picture recently on Facebook about a comic strip of a school and a pass to be able to go to the toilet during class time, as an excuse to do something less constructive. See diagram below:

School Hall Pass for toilet breaks (found on Facebook, 14th February 2016)

I’m not sure if this is meant to be humorous, however it did get me thinking. During my time as a student, going to the toilet during recess/lunch wasn’t a positive experience. The few times I went in there (especially in High School) made me want to get in quick and get out. Bullies in the classroom are hard enough to deal with on a normal day to day basis. Students laughing, gossiping and pressuring me into smoking cigarettes isn’t something that I was comfortable with. It was easier to go at home in peace and quiet. Already self conscious and low self esteem because of living with Encopresis meant that doing anything other than a tinkle was out of the question. Unfortunately neither  of the schools that I attended was aware of Encopresis, and how to treat their students with it.

ERIC UK (The Children’s continence charity) started a campaign in 2014 called, “The Right To Go” to highlight every child’s right to good care for a continence problem at school and to access safe and hygienic toilet facilities. Here is the link to their campaign for more information: http://www.eric.org.uk/Campaigns/TheRightToGo . I truly support this campaign, and plan on collaborating with the schools to help educate them on living with the condition, so other students don’t have to suffer a similar experience. Here in Australia and around the world.

Here is also a link to the “Toilet Tactics Kit” that the Continence Foundation of Australia have available as a resource. Link here: http://www.continence.org.au/pages/-toilet-tactics-kit-411.html .

 

Let me know what your thoughts are on this, or if you have anything else to share. Enjoy the new week ahead. Stay true to yourself, keep smiling and be authentic. @TheEllenShow #BeKindToOneAnother .

Dimity

4 thoughts on “The Right To Go campaign (school toilets and Encopresis)

  1. Gerard S. 12/04/2016 / 9:28 am

    Hi Dimity

    Thanks for posting about this – I definitely support this campaign. Although I am not sure if it would have been all that useful for me because I usually did not realise in time that I had to go and would probably have soiled myself anyway. But, it would be great if children did have the entitlement to go to the toilet when needed.

  2. James Parkin 16/02/2016 / 3:28 pm

    Thank you for backing ERIC’s The Right to Go Campaign, Dimity, which I also fully support.

    Some schools are great at accommodating students with continence problems while others seem to want to make life as difficult as possible for the child and his or her parents. For example, while many schools are happy to change young children who wet or soil themselves in the classroom, whether it is a one-off accident or part of an ongoing problem, other schools refuse to do so, often quoting ‘safeguarding’ issues (the 4 year old whose pants they are changing will turn around and accuse them of sexual abuse!), which sounds more like an excuse to avoid having to clean up pooey bottoms. Instead they expect a parent to leave work and come into school to change their child every time they have an accident!

    I also found the school toilets an intimidating place at breaktimes, and I don’t remember ever doing a poo at school (well, not in the toilets anyway!) As a volunteer at primary schools I once saw a 7 year old boy repeatedly refused permission to go to the toilet (‘you should have gone at playtime’) and, at a different school, a girl of the same age desperately trying to avoid wetting herself in the classroom as only one child of each sex was allowed in the toilets at a time!

    I believe children should be allowed access to safe, hygienic school toilets whenever they need it. The need to poo, in particular, does not always conveniently occur at break times. There have been too many stories in the news recently of children wetting or soiling themselves in class after being refused permission to go to the toilet, which can be devastating for the child involved. I also don’t see how any student can concentrate on their lessons when their mind is occupied by their need to pee or poo and the fear that they will have an accident in front of their peers.

    • naturegirl015 16/02/2016 / 10:09 pm

      Thank you James for your feedback. You have raised some other valid points of interest in this discussion. I also agree that the urge of going to the toilet, especially in young children (and adults), doesn’t always come at the most convenient of times. By waiting/holding on for a more convenient time, then the urge passes, and Encopresis continues on. Thank you so much James, for supporting ERIC’s “The Right To Go” campaign.

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