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The Worcestershire Domestic and Sexual Abuse website offers help and guidance for Women, Children and Men who are or have experienced domestic or sexual abuse. It also provides information for people who know someone who may be being abused.
Worcestershire celebrates innovative safeguarding of children
This week saw Worcestershire celebrating the success of Operation Encompass. Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school's trained Key Adult (Dedicated Safeguarding Lead) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child. Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child's day better and giving them a better tomorrow.
Introduced into Worcestershire in November last year, the scheme has been successful in enhancing the safeguarding of children. The scheme has been driven and delivered by Denise Hannibal the Safeguarding lead for schools across Worcestershire and Detective Inspector Liz Warner from West Mercia Police. Martin Lakeman, Public Heath lead for domestic abuse said "This is a brilliant scheme which puts children at the heart of safeguarding in an environment where they spend significant amounts of their time. Schools play a vital role in supporting children and young people who have been exposed to abuse." He added "I am immensely proud to have awarded both Denise and Liz with Outstanding Achievement awards for their leadership and determination in introducing this scheme across Worcestershire".
Pictured are Martin Lakeman presenting Denise Hannibal with her award at a recent Safeguarding Masterclass conference in Worcestershire where they both spoke around the impact of domestic abuse on children.
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