Operation Encompass will help Lincolnshire schools to support children experiencing domestic abuse
A new national operation to safeguard children from domestic abuse has been launched by Lincolnshire Police.
Operation Encompass aims to help Lincolnshire schools to support children who are experiencing domestic abuse, either directly witnessing the abuse, hearing abuse from another room, seeing injuries or distress in a loved one, or be physically hurt trying to stop the abuse.
Operation Encompass will see that appropriately trained safeguarding staff are informed of police attending a domestic abuse incident at the home, so they can offer support and understanding to the child in the best way.
After police receive a report of abuse from the child's home, brief information will be shared with the school by Lincolnshire Police which will be handled by the school’s trained Designated Safeguarding Lead to provide support as quickly as possible so the child involved can feel safe and listened to.
Lincolnshire Police's assistant chief constable Kerrin Wilson said: “Domestic abuse has a ripple effect. Children within the household will suffer, sometimes to a devastating extent.
"Operation Encompass is a fantastic nationally recommended scheme, which we are pleased to launch with primary and secondary schools in Lincolnshire.
"It is another safeguarding route that we will use to ensure children are supported and we recognise that schools play a pivotal role in their student’s ongoing wellbeing and safety.”
For more information on Operation Encompass, log on to www.lincs.police.uk/reporting-advice/domestic-abuse/operation-encompass/
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