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In this section you can catch up on all the latest news from SAPHNA and around the profession.

High Impact Areas

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, December 09, 2018 -

Please see link to updated high impact areas:

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School Readiness Interventions

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, December 09, 2018 -

Please see link to collection of school readiness interventions, sent on behalf of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health:

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Supporting Potty Training

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, December 09, 2018 -

Research tells us that the age at which children become toilet trained has risen over the last 50 years from around 2years of age in the 1960s to over 3 years, with many children now starting school still not fully toilet trained. There are a number of factors cited for this including the prolonged use of disposable products, resulting in many parents missing the signs of readiness such as being dry after a nap or having increased intervals between voids.


Delayed toilet training can have an impact not only on a children’s social development but also their bladder and bowel health. Studies have directly linked delayed bladder and bowel control with an increase in children developing continence problems, such as over active bladders, and constipation.


To try and address the issues Bladder and Bowel UK offer a confidential helpline service to support both carers and professionals seeking further advice and information around toilet training. We also have a website with free downloadable resources.


link to parent resources

and this is the link to professionals resources

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LGA Publications 4 December 2018

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, December 09, 2018 -

Two new publications from the LGA were published on 4 December. Details of local authorities showcasing their work.:


Fit for and during pregnancy: A key role for local government

A Better Start: supporting child development in the early years

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Self-Care For Young People

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, December 09, 2018 -

Self-care is about the things we can do to look after our own mental health


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Press Release - new SAPHNA Executive Lead Officer

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, December 09, 2018 -

We are delighted to announce that Maggie Clarke has been appointed to our new role of Executive Lead Officer. This to take effect from March 2019 when our current Chair, Jill Beswick, will be retiring. We are sad to see Jill go, thank her for her invaluable work for SAPHNA and for her 40+ years in promoting the health and well-being of children and young people. We welcome Maggie into this new role and look forward to a renewed vision and leader!



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