The King’s Academy has been given the opportunity to take part in a new project that will run jointly between all schools and academies in the Middlesbrough and Cleveland Police area.
This new project, Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside normal school hours and that might have an impact on a child attending our Academy the following day. This information will be shared at the earliest opportunity between Monday and Thursday and, when an incident occurs on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, the police will contact us the following Monday.
A nominated member of Academy staff, known as a key adult, will be trained to liaise with the police. They will be able to use the information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the Academy is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. Information will be shared where it is identified that a child or young person was present at, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident. At The King’s Academy, the key adult is Ms S Gray. In the event that she is not in the Academy, Mrs J Stewart will assume the role of key adult.
Operation Encompass was introduced in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall, in February 2011 and has proved very effective in providing appropriate support in a timely manner. This initiative has already been implemented in Hartlepool and is now being extended across Cleveland with effect from 151 October 2015. If you would like more information about Operation Encompass operates and the benefits if it, you can view it online at:
At The King’s Academy, we are keen to offer the best support possible to all our children and we believe that this initiative is going to be extremely beneficial and supportive for all those involved.