This report provides an analysis of the findings of the Paediatric Continence Forum’s 2017 Freedom of Information (FOI) survey of paediatric continence services across the UK. It is for anyone with an interest in paediatric continence, including commissioners, policymakers, service providers, parents and carers.
Following the publication of this report, the PCF is pushing for three key recommendations to be implemented across the UK:
Every child and young person in the UK should have access to an integrated, community-based, well-resourced paediatric continence service.
Health services and local authorities should work collaboratively to ensure that these services are available in every community, recognising that it is their responsibility to work together to provide them, despite recognised clinical and financial pressures.
Information about the provision of local services should be readily available in health and educational settings – i.e. GP practices and schools. It should also be clear who can refer to these services and how families and young people can contact referrers, e.g. GPs, school nurses and health visitors.