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Support for pupils experiencing domestic abuse

A national scheme that helps ensure effective communication between Police and Education, when domestic abuse occurs in the home, is continuing to run in Swansea despite the coronavirus lockdown.

Supporting Children

Operation Encompass was launched in Swansea last year and sees South Wales Police work with schools and the Council to support pupils and families who are experiencing domestic abuse.

Exposure to domestic abuse can have a serious, long-lasting emotional and psychological impact and data shows that 1 in 5 children experience some form of domestic abuse in their lives.

When officers respond to calls of domestic abuse where children are present, then a designated person at each school is notified the next day.

This ensures that school staff, who are in direct contact with the pupil, have the information promptly and can provide support dependent upon the needs of the child. This quick response can better safeguard children from the short and long term effects of domestic abuse.

Even though the majority of pupils are now at home, schools are still receiving the information and using it as part of their efforts to remotely support the wellbeing of their pupils and families.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "'Sadly, due to the effects of the lockdown reports of incidents of domestic abuse have risen.

"For some children school is their safe place so it is important that Operation Encompass is still running and the police and our schools continue to look out for the wellbeing of our children."

For further information regarding Operation Encompass, please visit https://www.operationencompass.org/

If you are experiencing Domestic Abuse please reach out and seek advice on 0808 80 10 800 or go online at https://gov.wales/live-fear-free

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