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New Policy Report: Young People With Continence Problems Need Better Support At Secondary School

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 -

Researchers from the University of Bristol led a workshop entitled "Continence Problems in Young People. Translating the evidence into designing support materials for schools" which outlined the findings from two research studies.


This in-depth qualitative research, the first of its kind in the UK, explored the impacts of continence problems for young people at secondary school and the barriers to their effective management. The study also assessed current awareness, practices and future information needs of school staff.


Informed by workshop participants, the findings and implications have now been summarised into this policy report Young people with continence problems need better support at secondary school


Contrary to popular belief, continence problems often persist into adolescence.


In an average sized secondary school there could be around 30-40 young people affected.


Under the Children and Families Act (2014) schools are required to provide appropriate support for children and young people with health problems.

However, the findings indicate that the needs of young people with bladder and bowel issues are not being met.


Key points include:

Continence problems are common in young people, but some schools are not complying with their legal duty to make arrangements to support children with a medical condition.

Addressing the challenges starts with educating teachers and other school staff.

Secondary school staff need support to understand their responsibilities and to know how to respond to the unique needs of young people with continence problems.

The statutory guidance from the Department for Education on 'Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions at School' should include guidance for schools on clear and discreet procedures to make disclosing continence problems easier for young people.

Young people with continence problems may need extra time during exams and additional support to catch up with missed parts of lessons.

This requires a national approach to address unequal provision between schools.


This report is based upon research led by Dr Carol Joinson, Reader in Developmental Psychology at the Centre for Child and Adolescent Health at the University of Bristol, in collaboration with ERIC – The Children's Bowel and Bladder Charity, which was funded by the Medical Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council.


If you would like further information on this research topic, Dr Joinson and Juliette Randall (CEO of ERIC) are happy to discuss the work:;

This research has been welcomed by many organisations in this sector, and Dr Joinson would like to acknowledge the role of ERIC, the Paediatric Continence Forum and Bladder and Bowel UK in informing this work.

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Prevention Is Better Than Cure - Living Better Longer

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 -

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has outlined his vision for the future health and care system.


The document sets out the government’s vision for:


  • Stopping health problems from arising in the first place
  • Supporting people to manage their health problems when they do arise

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Motivational Interviewing to Treat Adolescents With Obesity: A Meta-analysis | Review Articles | Pediatrics

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, November 26, 2018 -   Read More


Cherylynn Wray - Monday, November 26, 2018 -

A participatory animation project about the first 1001 days of the second decade

Lindsay Starbuck, Youth Participation Coordinator Association for Young People’s Health

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Early Adolescence - Association For Young People's Health

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, November 26, 2018 -

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RSE Roadmap

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, November 26, 2018 -

What is the Roadmap?
The Roadmap is a one-page digital tool with a series of hyperlinked buttons that guide you through the actions and resources needed in order to provide high quality RSE ready for the statutory requirement.

Who is the Roadmap for?
The Roadmap was designed with Heads and Senior Leaders in schools in mind, to use together with their PSHE Leads and governor leading on RSE. The step by step approach breaks the task of preparing for statutory RSE into manageable chunks.

When does the journey start?
Some of the steps on the roadmap require considerable planning and lead-in time, so we'd encourage you to share the roadmap with governors, Heads and SLT now.

Looking for more support?
Dr Polly Haste, Head of Training & Practice, will guide delegates through using the Roadmap and a range of other tools in a pair of workshops at an RSE Countdown conference on 30 November 2018. Polly is running separate workshops for primary and secondary schools which provide a fantastic tool box to ensure you are ready for statutory RSE. Time is running out to book your ticket!

RSE teachers survey
- preliminary findings from a survey of 240 teachers of RSE in England have been published. The Sex Ed Forum found that 29% of those teaching RSE had not had any training in the subject at all. 20% said they lacked confidence in adapting teaching to meet the needs of children with SEND, and 21% said they lacked confidence on making the curriculum LGBT inclusive.

A news story with headline findings is available here, and was also covered by TES

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Migrant Health

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, November 26, 2018 -

Please note there is a new tool to help primary care practitioners to work with new migrant patients.


It is launched and ready for use: #migranthealthPHC


Sheffield University are encouraging stakeholders to register and engage with the Q&A section as they build their community of practice.

Please share it and comment if you can.


It is in Beta format so all feedback and suggestions are very welcome.

Thank you.



Liz Such FHEA PhD

NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow

Health Equity & Inclusion Research Group

ScHARR, University of Sheffield, S1 4DA

0114 222 4022

ORCID: 0000-0003-2242-3357


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Promoting Healthy Weight In Children, Young People & Families

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, November 26, 2018 -

A resource to support local authorities, NHS commissioners and providers, voluntary and community sector organisations to take action to reduce obesity.

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Homeless Families Learning Resource & Toolkit

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, November 26, 2018 -

Addressing health inequalities in homeless children, young people and families - A learning resource for Public Health Nurses:  Read More

Rise Above | Overview | PHE School Zone

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, November 26, 2018 -

Rise Above aims to help teachers deliver PSHE lessons to engage young people on a variety of key health issues, including: smoking, body image in a digital world and exam stress.  Download engaging lesson plans, PowerPoints and films:



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