Our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a new project that is a Police Initiative and is supported by Bury Safeguarding Board.
The project, Bury Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school but which might have an impact on a child attending school the following day. This information will be shared on school days during the school term. When incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, the police will contact the relevant school the following Monday.
A nominated member of school staff, known as a Key Adult, will be trained to liaise with the police. At St Stephen's CE Primary school our Key Adult is Mrs J Parsons. They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the school is able to support children and their families. Information will be shared where it is identified that a child or young person was present, witnessed or was involved or usually resides at the property where the domestic abuse incident occurred.
We always endeavour to offer the best support possible to our pupils and believe that Bury Encompass is going to be beneficial and supportive for all concerned children and families
The purpose of Bury Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been exposed to Domestic abuse impacts on children in a number of ways. Children are at increased risk of physical injury during an incident, either by accident or because they attempt to intervene. Even when not directly injured, children are greatly distressed by witnessing the physical and emotional suffering of a parent.
Encompass has been created to address this situation. It is the implementation of key partnership working between the police and schools. The aim of sharing information with local schools is to allow ‘Key Adults’ the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support that allows them to remain in a safe but secure familiar environment.
Following the report of an incident of domestic abuse, by 9.00am on the next school day the school’s Key Adult will be informed that the child or young person has been involved in a domestic incident. This knowledge, given to schools through Operation Encompass, allows the provision of immediate early intervention through silent or overt support dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
The purpose and procedures in Operation Encompass have been shared with all parents and governors, is detailed as part of the school’s Safeguarding Policy and published on our school website.
At St Stephen's CE Primary School, our Key Adult is Mrs J Parsons.
BURY ENCOMPASS COMMITTMENT
As part of St Stephen's CE Primary School's commitment to keeping children safe we have signed up to implement the principles and aims of the Encompass Model.
In signing up to Encompass the Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team:-
- Endorse the Encompass Model and support the Key Adults in our school to fulfil the requirements of the Bury Encompass Protocol
- Promote and implement Bury Encompass processes and use these in accordance with internal safeguarding children processes as well as those outlined in Bury’s Framework for Action
- Recognise the sensitive nature of the information provided and ensure that this is retained in accordance with the principles of data protection
Mrs J Parsons Mrs S Howard
Headteacher Chair of Governors