Our academy works jointly with Sussex Police in this operation.
Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur in which a child was present, ordinarily resides at the incident location or with an involved party. We know that children can be significantly affected through witnessing or being exposed to domestic abuse and this operation will allow us to better support our pupils and their families. In the most recent version of Keeping Children Sage in Education 2022, it has been recognised that children who experience Domestic Abuse within the home are also considered to be victims.
A nominated member of staff, known as a Key Adult, will be trained to liaise with the police. At Northiam C of E Primary our Key Adult is our safeguarding lead, Julia Bray. She will be able to use information that has been shared with her, in confidence, to ensure that the right support is available should it be required by a child and / or their family.
We are keen to offer the best support available to our pupils and we believe this is going to be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
If you have any concerns or questions then please contact Julia Bray who will be happy to help on 01797 252141.