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 Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Systems Development Team

What’s New

Version 2.1.1

Improved accessibility

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
134 Ratings

134 Ratings

Nuggent ,

Great story but app needs updating

Story has really helped my daughter from withholding her poo when she is constipated. When we first showed it to her she read it four times over then went straight to the toilet. There is a colouring in pdf available too, for when you’re avoiding screen time. App needs updating though as there is no sound. Sadly, doesn’t look like CNTW NHS are going to do that.

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.

Murrays maiden ,

Wonderful app

This app is amazing.
Y grandchildren (4&3 years old) who I have custody of both have learning difficulties & I always dreaded potty training with them but I got told about this app through a mums group on Facebook & I downloaded it. Virtually instantly they both felt comfortable going for poo on the loo (already both doing ok with wees). Would be wonderful if they could do a “wee goes to weeland” app though. Well done guys. Amazing app!!!!

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