All Leicester City and Leicestershire County schools are part of Operation Encompass which is a safeguarding initiative aimed at improving outcomes for children and families affected by domestic violence and abuse.
Operation Encompass is a protocol whereby schools are formally notified of any reported incident of domestic violence at an address at which children are present or normally resident. It is run in partnership with Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and with Leicestershire Police.
All public agencies currently share information where there are safeguarding concerns or risk of harm to children and the Police now share information about all incidents of domestic abuse through Operation Encompass.
To further support the welfare of children, when any domestic abuse incident has been reported to the Police during the school term and one of our pupils was in the household, the information is shared with the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
This system has been introduced because domestic abuse in a household can have a huge impact on children, even if they do not see what is happening.
This information will be used to ensure the school is able to provide appropriate support to pupils. The information will remain confidential and will only be shared on a strictly need-to-know basis. For example, with the class teacher. It will not be shared with children.
If you would like to speak to someone in confidence about domestic abuse, call the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 802 0028
Safeguarding out of hours support:
Should you require any advice or support with safeguarding, please refer to the following contacts
|Leicestershire County Council First Response
|If you have significant concerns about a child’s safety||0116 305 0005|
|Leicester City Council
|If you have significant concerns about a child’s safety||0116 454 1004|
|Childline||18 or Under? Childline offers free, confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help.
|NSPCC||Contact the NSPCC helpline if you’re worried about a child, even if you’re unsure, contact our professional counsellors for help, advice and support.
0808 800 5000
|NSPCC Helpline, Report Abuse in Education
|Helpline for people who have experienced sexual harassment or abuse in education||0800 136 663|
|The Samaritans||Confidential emotional support
|Kooth||A provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults
|FRANK||Confidential drugs information and advice||0300 123 6600|
|CAMHS Family Therapy Team||A new service that has been set up for families across Leicester and Leicestershire. Families can ring and self-refer for support.||0116 2952909|
|Childnet International||Internet Safety|