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Ferndown First School is an Operation Encompass school. This means we are taking part in a jointly run operation called Operation Encompass in partnership with Dorset Council and Dorset Police. Many other schools in Dorset and BCP will also be participating in the scheme. Operation Encompass is a way of working initially developed in south-west England that is already operating successfully in a number of other Local Authority areas. Its objective is to help schools provide support to children who are affected by incidents of domestic violence and abuse. There is a great deal of research evidence that children can suffer significant physical and/or emotional harm when they are present during, witness or are directly involved in incidents of domestic violence and abuse.

The Operation Encompass process is simply that after any incident of domestic violence or abuse attended by the Police, the Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead at the school attended by any child in the household will receive a confidential and secure email on the morning of the next school day.

Mrs Di-Pede and Mr Watts are the Key Adults. They have entered into a formal agreement with  Dorset Council and Dorset Police to use the information shared to make sure that the right support is available for children who are present during, witness or are directly involved in an incident of domestic violence or abuse. This means that the school will also be in a position to offer parents and carers support as appropriate.

The confidential information shared securely with the school will be managed and stored with the utmost sensitivity and discretion. We want to assure all parents and carers that only the nominated Key Adults will see the information shared with the school. We will then use the notification discretely to ensure that teachers and other staff directly in contact with affected children support them with due kindness, care and sensitivity.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to our students and we believe this is going to be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

Operation Encompass – Safeguarding Statement (5.3.21)