Operation Encompass Safeguarding Statement
Hinderton School is part of Operation Encompass.
Operation Encompass is a national police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Violence and Abuse and which is in place in every police force in England and Wales.
Children were recognised as victims of domestic abuse in their own right in the 2021 Domestic Abuse Act.
Operation Encompass means that the police will share information with our school about all police attended Domestic Abuse incidents which involve any of our children PRIOR to the start of the next school day.
Once a Key Adult (DSL) and their deputies (DDSLs) have attended either an Operation Encompass briefing or completed the online Operation Encompass Key Adult training they will cascade the principles of Operation Encompass to all other school staff and Governors. All schools staff and Governors can undertake the online training.
Our DSL undertook training on 2.2.22
Our DDSLs undertook training on 2.2.22
3 of staff have completed the training.
Our parents are fully aware that we are an Operation Encompass school and we ensure that when a new child joins our school the parents/carers are informed about Operation Encompass.
At Hinderton, this will mean the Headteacher can ensure key staff who work with the child can support them following an incident of domestic violence. Our Family Support Worker, Karen Gray is also experienced in supporting parents who have been the victim of Domestic Violence and can advise on ways to seek support and stay safe. She can also work with classes to meet the needs of children with autism, who can be particularly affected by witnessing or hearing such incidents.
The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information on our secure CPOMS Safeguarding system.
As a staff we have discussed how we can support our children who are experiencing Domestic Violence and Abuse on a day-to-day basis and particularly following the Operation Encompass notification. We have used the Operation Encompass Handbooks to inform our thinking.
We are aware that we must do nothing that puts the child or children or the non-abusing adult at risk.
The Headteacher will report on Operation Encompass in the termly report to Governors. All information is anonymised for these reports.
We have used the Operation Encompass Key Adult Responsibilities checklist to ensure that all appropriate actions have been taken by the school.
When Head Teacher, DSL or DDSLs leave the school and other staff are appointed, they will ensure that all Operation Encompass log in details are shared with the new Head Teacher /Key Adults and that the new member of staff will undertake the Operation Encompass online training.