“It’s every child’s right to be supported and safeguarded.”

This is a reminder that our school is participating in the Operation Encompass partnership scheme, between local school, academies, colleges, nurseries, community health agencies and Cleveland Police.

Operation Encompass was set up to provide early reporting to colleges etc., abut any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of college hours to which a young person attending our school has been exposed, and which might then hae an impact on them attending the following day. This information will be shared on school days during term time and, when incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, the police will contact the school the following Monday.

Information will only be shared with the school by the police where it is identified that a young person was present, witnesses or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.

A nominated member of school staff, know as Designated Safeguarding Lead Officer (DSLO), has been trained to liaise with the police. They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure the school is able to make provisions for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. The DSLO will keep this information confidential, and will only share it on a need to know basis, for instance, to teaching staff for the child or young person. It will not be shared with other school students.

Operation Encompass was first introduced in Plymouth in February 2011, and has proved very effective in providing appropriate an timely support to young people affected by domestic abuse. This initiative has been implemented across the whole of Cleveland Police area. If you would like some more information about it, you can click on the link below.

We are keen to offer the best support possible for our pupils and a recent review of Operation encompass showed that it is beneficial and supportive for all those involved.