Operation Encompass is an important initiative that is being run in conjunction with Northumbria Police and Gateshead Council.
It aims to safeguard and support children and young people who are involved in or affected by incidents involving domestic abuse.
Witnessing domestic abuse is really distressing for a young person, who can often see the abuse, hear it from another room, see a parent’s injuries or distress afterwards or be physically hurt trying to stop the abuse.
Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school upset and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff are made aware early enough to support children in the best way possible.
Following a domestic abuse incident being reported into Northumbria Police, specialist police officers make contact with Children’s Social Care who then communicates relevant and necessary information to nominated school staff. This ensures the school is aware as soon as possible so support can be provided and children can feel safe and listened to.
At Joseph’s, Mr Ramanandi is the nominated member of staff and has been fully trained to liaise with the police and social services, so is able ensure the right support is made available to the child following the disclosure of a domestic abuse incident.
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10 things you shoud know about Op Encompass
The project aims to support children who are affected by Domestic Abuse. Witnessing domestic abuse is really distressing for a young person, who can often see the abuse, hear it from another room, see a parent's injuries or distress afterwards or be physically hurt...