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Kingsbridge Community College is enrolled in Operation Encompass with Devon and Cornwall Police. Operation Encompass is “the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has experienced, any domestic abuse. Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, (the Designated Safeguarding Lead) known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been experienced a domestic abuse incident.”


Operation Encompass say that:

“Domestic Abuse is a ‘cruel and complex crime’ which affects millions of people in our society every year and cuts across all strata of society, across all ages, cultures and races. It is damaging to individuals and to communities, it weakens a country’s economy, reduces productivity and attendance in the workplace, is a public health issue and bleeds into every part of our society. Domestic Abuse diminishes both the perpetrator and the victims. We must all work to achieve the cessation of Domestic Abuse. Children exposed to domestic abuse are victims of child abuse. Operation Encompass was created to support children experiencing Domestic Abuse through timely information sharing  between police and schools. One aspect of this work has been, from the inception of Operation Encompass, our desire to achieve the ending of Domestic Abuse. Once a police area and the related schools embed Operation Encompass they will have already begun to work towards this aim as Operation Encompass has so many positive yet varied implications and effects.”


Staff at Kingsbridge Community College are able to support any family suffering from domestic abuse and through signposting to specialist sources of advice. If you are worried about yourself, or anyone else, please get in touch with the college and ask to speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team. Alternatively, visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help


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