"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
Our school is participating in Operation Encompass.
Operation Encompass is a Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which ensures that school is informed, that there has been an incident of Domestic Abuse to which the child or young person has been exposed, and which might then have an impact on them in school.
School is informed of all Domestic Abuse incidents, not just those where an offence can be identified or those which are graded as high risk. The partnership recognises that all incidents of Domestic Abuse can be harmful to children and young people.
This information will be shared throughout the year, including school holidays and the weekends. Information will only be shared with the school by the police where it is identified that a young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.
A nominated member of staff, known as a Key Adult, has been trained to liaise with the police. At St Stephen’s our Key Adult is Miss Lalsing and Mrs Keough. They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the school makes provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. The Key Adults 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.
This initiative has been implemented across the whole of the Lancashire Police area. If you would like some more information about it, you can view it online at www.operationencompass.org.