We have been given the opportunity to take part in a new project that will run in partnership between local schools, academies, colleges, nurseries and Cleveland Police.
The project, Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school hours and might have an impact on a child attending school the following day. This information will be shared on school days during the school term and, when incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, the police will contact the relevant school the following Monday.
A nominated member of school staff, known as a Key Adult (Mrs Hawes) will be trained to liaise with the police. They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. Information will be shared where it is identified that a child or young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.
Operation Encompass was introduced in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall, in February 2011 and has proved very effective in providing appropriate support in a timely manner. This initiative is being implemented across the whole of the Cleveland Police area and, if you would like some more information about it, you can view it online at www.operationencompass.org.
We are keen to offer the best support possible to our pupils and we believe that Operation Encompass is going to be beneficial and supportive for all those involved.