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Operation Encompass

This week is Operation Encompass which was launched across Merseyside on Monday this week. Operation Encompass aims to help schools look after a child's needs in the aftermath of an incident of domestic violence. Merseyside Police have pledged to tell schools the next day if a student experiences domestic violence at home the night before.
 
Operation Encompass aims to give schools the information required to look after a child’s needs in the aftermath of what can be deeply distressing events.The force responds to 34,000 domestic incidents every year – an average of 90 a day – and around 74% involve children being in the home at the time. By sharing information, police and schools hope to provide greater emotional support to children aged four to 18 years.
 
Wirral, along with every other  local authority in Merseyside  has signed up to the scheme and training has been taking place to ensure each school has a Key Adult who will receive the information from the police and be able to act on it.
 
Support to an affected child could include:
- A teacher giving them some leeway if their behaviour is out of the ordinary
- Making sure they are given a proper lunch and any spare uniform if the events at home have meant they have forgotten anything that day
- Allowing the child to keep a comforting toy with them even if usual school rules are against toys being brought into classrooms
- Giving them time to talk to someone they can trust such as a particular teacher or a learning mentor
- Giving them time out to study in a quieter part of the classroom or try a different activity if they are getting angry or upset while joining the class.
 
Det Supt Tim Keelan, who heads Merseyside Police’s public protection unit, said: “A great deal of effort goes into encouraging the adult victims of domestic abuse to come forward and tell someone and to rehabilitating the offenders who want help in changing. However, the silent victims in all of this are children. The children of the parents who argue aggressively or violently in the family home or who see their mum or dad upset or hurt the following day. These children carry that experience into school the next day, yet no-one else may know and they continue to suffer in silence”.
 
A press article about the launch of Operation Encompass appeared in the Liverpool Echo on Monday and the full article can be accessed at the link below:
 
 
For more information you can contact Vicki Tranter at school.
 
 
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