Blackpool Sixth Form participates in Operation Encompass. Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which ensures that a young person’s college is informed, prior to the start of the next college day, that there has been an incident of Domestic Abuse or any incident in which the young person has been exposed in which they are considered to be vulnerable to harm, and which might then have an impact on them in college the following day.
Each school/college is informed of all such incidents, not just those where an offence can be identified or those which are graded as high risk. The partnership recognises that all incidents of Domestic Abuse/vulnerability can be harmful to children and young people. This information will be shared throughout the year, including holidays and weekends. Information will only be shared with the college by the police where it is identified that a young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.
Nominated members of staff, known as ‘Key Adults’, have been trained to liaise with the police. At Blackpool Sixth our Key Adults are the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Stuart Ormson, and the four Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads, Tim Craven, Tom Holland, Dave Williams and Nicola Threlfall. They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the college makes provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. The Key Adults will keep this information confidential, and will only share it on a need to know basis, for instance, to the pastoral mentor and teachers of the young person. It will not be shared with other students.
Operation Encompass was first introduced in Plymouth in February 2011, and has proved very effective in providing appropriate and timely support to young people affected by domestic abuse. This initiative has been implemented across the whole of the Lancashire Police area. If you would like some more information about it, you can view it online at www.operationencompass.org.
We are keen to offer the best support possible for our students and a recent review of Operation Encompass showed that it is beneficial and supportive for all those involved.