From November 2019, Shropshire LA schools, including our school, are taking part in a national project, called Operation Encompass, which is being run locally in partnership with Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police. Schools are being asked to let all parents know about this, and that is the purpose of this information.
Operation Encompass is a process whereby the police and the council will inform a member of staff if a child or young person has experienced any domestic abuse incident. This will be done prior to the start of the next school day. Information sharing between professional agencies allows school staff to provide emotional and practical support to their pupils experiencing domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse can broadly be defined as ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour; violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who have been intimate partners or family members. This can include, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse – psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional.’
Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, usually the Designated Safeguarding Lead, is given training, to enable them to liaise with the police and council in receiving and using the information that has been shared, in confidence.
The sharing of details under Operation Encompass is permitted under Statutory Safeguarding Legislation and in respect of local authority schools under the Crime and Disorder Act (for the prevention of crime) and doing so without the child’s or parent’s consent is permissible under both pieces of legislation and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
We want to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe that in the (hopefully rare) occasions when the police/council may have to inform school about such an incident, this process will be beneficial in helping us to achieve that goa a list of local and national advice and support agencies who can help those who may be affected by domestic abuse.
Below is a list of local and national advice and support agencies who can help those who may be affected by domestic abuse.