Call for better toilet changing facilities in NI

Kellie Armstrong
Kellie Armstrong

A call has been made for better nappy changing facilities for older children and disabled adults in toilets across the Province

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong was speaking as the Changing Places charity marked the 10th anniversary of its campaign to have such facilities installed in the UK.

She said many standard accessible toilets here are not fit for purpose.

She said: “Due to a lack of space and adult-sized changing tables, many older children and adults have to lie on the floor of a public toilet to be changed by the family or career. It is dangerous, unhygienic and undignified.

“I call on the Executive and local Councils to ensure there is at least one Changing Places toilet in every public building in Northern Ireland. In most cases this means a simple reconfiguration of existing accessible toilets or ensuring plans for all new public buildings will include the space.

“It’s time to provide people with disabilities dignity, and give families and carers the support they need to continue to provide safe care. This will ensure fully inclusive Changing Places toilets become the norm rather than the exception.”