Supporting children affected by domestic abuse
We work with the police and schools to ensure that schools are aware of any reported domestic abuse incidents, so that the child can receive appropriate support in school.
Harming effects of domestic abuse on youngsters
Children and young people who witness domestic abuse are often deeply affected. Going to school in the immediate aftermath means they will often arrive upset and unprepared and have to make their way through the school day without awareness of their situation by the teaching staff.
The benefits of sharing information
Through 'Operation Encompass', we work with the local police and schools to share information about domestic abuse incidents, making sure that a key adult at school is made aware early enough to support a child or young person in the best way possible.
When will information be passed on?
Schools will receive information before the start of the next school day when:
- Police have attended a domestic abuse incident.
- A youngster of school age is present in the household at the time of the incident, either in the same or a separate room.
- The incident has been assessed to be a high or medium risk incident of domestic abuse.
Designed to support existing systems
Operation Encompass does not replace existing safeguarding procedures that are already in place - it is designed to support them.
- Operation Encompass
- The law recognises that a child who sees, hears or experiences the effects of domestic abuse and is related one of the people involved, is a victim of domestic abuse themselves. Harbour Support supports families and individuals who are affected by abuse from a partner, former partner or other family member.
- If you have a concern about a child or young person's welfare who lives in County Durham, call First Contact.