Greenwood Primary and Nursery School is participating in Operation Encompass. Operation Encompass is an early intervention partnership between Police and Schools. It is aimed at supporting children who are victims of domestic violence.
Operation Encompass is already established across all of England and Wales and is now in Northern Ireland. It is a very simple idea, but one that will help us to support and protect vulnerable children. When the Police attend an incident of domestic violence where one of our pupils is present, they will inform the school’s Designated Teacher for Child Protection at the start of the next school day. This information is shared in strict confidence and school staff are only told on a need-to-know basis.
Following any notification from the PSNI, our staff will provide immediate support to any child who has been the victim of domestic abuse. We know that when children do witness domestic abuse at home, this is a highly traumatic experience for them. By taking part in Operation Encompass, we can provide tailored and compassionate support to our pupils, in line with our school ethos. This builds on our existing commitment to child safeguarding.
Should you wish to find out more information, please contact the school’s Designated Teacher for Child Protection, Mrs Lawder (Primary & Nursery), or the Deputy Designated Teacher for Child Protection, Miss Forster, alternatively you can read more about Operation Encompass at www.operationencompass.org.
SAFER SCHOOLS APP
The Department of Education currently has an app on the Safer Schools platform which has been provided by iNEQE Safeguarding Group.
The app gives parents/carers information and support on keeping children and young people safe online and includes tips on scams, privacy and reporting issues and the use of social media platforms, as well as resources linked to COVID-19.
The app can be downloaded from either the App Store or Google Play Store. The relevant QR code to gain access to the app, after download, is contained in the Safer Schools image. Alternatively, parents may use the access code: 7440.
FAMILY SUPPORT HUBS NEWSLETTER
Please find below a link to the "Family Support Hubs" newsletter published in conjunction with the Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership. It outlines access to Family Support agencies during this time and offers useful points of contact should you need them.
Further information on the Family Support Hubs and their services can be found at http://www.cypsp.hscni.net/family-support-hubs/