Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People has launched a campaign for new guidelines on school toilets. This is from the BBC…
Tam Baillie said the quality of the facilities must be monitored and guaranteed in the same way as workplaces for adults.
He argued the move was needed to ensure “dignified and safe facilities”.
Local councils said improvements might entail significant extra spending of money that councils “do not have”.
The Commissioner’s views are set out in a report Flushed with Success: Setting the Standard for Scotland’s School Toilets.
Mr Baillie said: “Providing better school toilets as standard across Scotland is a matter of respect and dignity for children and young people.
“A number of schools have great toilets for pupils and have gone above and beyond what’s required in legal terms.
“However, I have come across many instances where the standard of school toilets is poor and children regularly complain about the facilities. Current legislation is nearly 50 years old and doesn’t demand that inspectors look at school toilets.”
He added: “This most basic of requirements needs to be urgently improved if the government’s vision for ‘Scotland to be the best place to grow up in’ can sound anything other than hollow.”
The initiative has been backed by Chief Medical Officer for Scotland Sir Harry Burns.
He said: “I would like to see the guidance for school toilets updated, to ensure that basic hygiene standards including access to hot water and soap and proper hand washing facilities, are adhered to in every single school in Scotland.”
The report follows a survey of 2,000 young people carried out by Ipsos MORI.
It found that 56% reported never using school toilets, or only using them if they “really had to”.
What are the toilets like for students at your school? Is it worrying that, according to the survey, 56% of young people never use school toilets unless they “really have to”? What changes would you like to see? Please share in the comments or on twitter…