Children who suffer encopresis often begin to feel that there is little more to them than the problem itself. In 'Poo Goes Home to Pooland', the problem is embodied in a troublesome character and placed externally to the child. This process aims to place some distance between the child and the blame shame of soiling. This helps to free them from their fears and may mobilise previously beleaguered resources within the child and their family.

'Externalising' stories have proved valuable in engaging children in behavioural treatment programmes wihtin a family therapy context. However, you may find them useful in combination with your chosen therapeutic style. 

The style and content of 'Poo Goes Home to Pooland; was designed to suit the cognitive development stage of children up to around seven years of age. Individually illustrations and accompanying text is intended to promote understanding of toileting matters and relieve anxiety. They cover topics such as sharing unhappy feeling and how to reorganise when you need to poo.

Talking about 'Pooland' might help you to engage in getting control over their poo.

Dr Tamsin Black wrote and illustrated ‘Poo Goes Home to Pooland’ in her final year of Doctoral Training in Clinical Psychology at the University of Newcastle and on clinical placement (with John Sands, Consultant Clinical Psychologist) at the Linhope Unit, Ashington, part of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. She is now a mother of three and working as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in East London.

ERIC the UK’s only childhood continence charity provides information, support and resources to improve the quality of life of children, young people and their families who suffer from the consequences of wetting and soiling difficulties. Please visit

This app was developed by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Systems Development Team

What’s New

Version 1.0.1

Fixes the crashing issues when going back from the end.
Fixes the audio bug when flicking through pages quickly.

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

dronmum ,

Successful potty training

My little boy developed a going for a poo phobia as soon as we started potty training. He was fine with weeing but started to hold his poo's in & getting belly ache.
A friend recommended we watch this app, I doubted it when I watched the video but gave it a go. As soon as my son watched the film he seemed to get it & has poo's regularly with no accidents since. He understand that his poo will let him know when it's ready & he loves sending it back to pooland!
Thank you - would definitely recommend a try to anyone going through potty training.

Mr Tiffin ,

Great resource for struggling children

This is a great resource for children struggling to use the toilet. Contrary to previous reviews it isn't actually a toilet training app but instead a means of helping children get over their fears of going to the toilet hence "Poo makes Ollie sad". It's good to see the famous "Poo goes home" book that is used by so many parents brought to life.

Nashville04 ,

So effective!

My 2 1/2 year old wouldn’t even look at the potty before we watched this app - now we can’t keep her off it! She’s so proud of herself and is even determined to not wear a nappy at night!! Can’t believe the transformation over a couple of days 👧🏼🚽💩👍


Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
24.2 MB

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust


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