Support the #Respect4SocialWork campaign today and celebrate the social work profession.
Make an Enquiry
Contact Us

Support for children who witness domestic violence is extended

A scheme which supports children who have witnessed domestic violence is set to be rolled out nationally following £163m funding from the Home Office.

Operation Encompass has been awarded the funding by the Home Office to enable the charity, which supports children who have witnessed domestic violence, to extend its reach.

The scheme currently operates in some form in 33 police forces in England and Wales. The funding will support the rollout of the initiative to all forces and allow Operation Encompass to carry out an audit of existing systems and the effectiveness of the supportive interventions in place for children.

Elisabeth Carney-Haworth, the headteacher of Torpoint Nursery and Infant School in Cornwall, who came up with the idea of the initiative alongside and husband David, a former police officer, said: "Imagine arriving at school after hearing or witnessing domestic abuse – you have not slept, had no breakfast, don’t have all your school uniform and your home is in disarray. Now you are expected to sit in your classroom and learn.

"This is happening in our schools every day and the current procedures in many police forces do not allow for the reporting to schools of domestic abuse incidents in a timely fashion.

"This funding from the Home Office will assist in ensuring that Operation Encompass is embraced fully by all police forces and that the partnership between the police and schools will enable them to work towards providing trauma-informed support," she added.

Husband David, a former police sergeant at Devon and Cornwall Police, added: "We know if you are a child exposed to domestic abuse then you will suffer emotional and psychological harm and it will have negative consequences on their health, education and wellbeing.

"This funding will help make sure Operation Encompass will be in every force, in every school, for every child. Our children deserve no less."

Operation Encompass is a system which ensures the police contact a school before the next school day when one of their pupils has been exposed to domestic abuse. This allows a school’s safeguarding team to make sure the appropriate support is in place to give the pupil the assistance they need.

Statistics have found that as many as one in five children in the UK are witness to or exposed to domestic abuse and those affected by this horrible crime are four times more likely to go on and experience or perpetrate domestic abuse later in life.

Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Victoria Atkins said: "It is heartbreaking to think that a child’s education is suffering through no fault of their own. By police and schools having this system in place we can ensure these youngsters have the immediate support they need.

"This shows the government’s commitment to providing help to children affected by domestic abuse and we will build on this as we introduce the draft Domestic Abuse Bill," she added.

More than 3,200 people responded to the domestic abuse consultation ahead of the draft Domestic Abuse Bill, which will be published later this session. The consultation proposed measures such as introducing a new statutory definition of domestic abuse, new domestic abuse protection orders, and the creation of a domestic abuse commissioner.

 

Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

Government launches consultation to get persistently absent children back to school

28/01/2022

All schools should have robust policies in place detailing how they will support pupils to attend as regularly as possible, the Department for Education has stated.

Plans to tackle the postcode lottery of avoidable absence in schools have been unveiled by the government and the DfE says schools should include in their policies how legal intervention including penalty notices [...]

Read Full Story

Amendments to Nationality and Borders Bill ‘incompatible with rights’ say MPs

27/01/2022

Plans to amend the Nationality and Borders Bill which will make a number of changes to the UK’s asylum system are inconsistent with human rights, the rights of the child and international commitment, the parliamentary human rights committee has warned.

The clauses outlined in Parts 2 and 4 of the government’s Nationality and Borders Bill [...]

Read Full Story

Children’s Trust to be established managing children’s social care in Bradford

26/01/2022

Children’s social care services in Bradford are to be placed in a Trust in a bid to drive rapid improvements.

The not-for-profit trust will be owned by Bradford Council but operate at arms-length under the control of a new independent Chair and Board of Directors. The move follows recommendations made to the Education Secretary by [...]

Read Full Story
Children First is an online resource for professionals working with children presented by WillisPalmer, providing you with the latest news, features and interviews.
Subscribe Today
Delivering a diverse, reliable range of services to children and their families across the UK
D1, Parkside, Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 3ZL
Contact Us
WP Quality Assured

A Mackman Group collaboration - market research by Mackman Research | website design by Mackman

closechevron-downbars linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram