At Brownhills West Primary School, we nurture, inspire and educate our children in a happy, safe and supportive learning environment where emotional well-being, rounded education and striving for excellence are at the centre of everything we do. Working in partnership with our families and local community, we aim to raise aspirations and for every child to be the best they can be. We equip our children with confidence, a curiosity for learning and skills that will enable them to make positive contributions to the ever changing world.
Our school is aware of and assesses the risks/issues in the wider community when considering the well-being and safety of our pupils.
Our school follows the child protection procedures as defined by Walsall Safeguarding Partnership (https://go.walsall.gov.uk/walsall-safeguarding-partnership/ ) and multi- agency threshold guidance. We work with partners to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people.
1. Vision & Overview:
Operation Encompass was launched in Plymouth in 2011 to ensure early sharing of information between Police & schools. The vision is to safeguard children and young people and directly connects the Police with Schools to secure better outcomes for children who are subject or witness to police-attended incidents of domestic abuse. Further information on Operation Encompass can be found here: www.operationencompass.org
Children and young people 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. Rapid provision of support within the School environment means children are better Safeguarded against the short, medium and long-term effects of domestic abuse.
2. Walsall’s Operational Procedure
On a daily basis (Monday to Friday) the MASH receive notification of all Domestic Abuse incidents that have occurred within Walsall over the previous 24 hour period. Each notification is discussed at the Domestic Abuse Triage meeting, where partners including Police, Children's Social Care, Early Help, Black Country Women’s Aid, Health, Education and Probation are in attendance.
The incidents are discussed at Domestic Abuse Triage along with the sharing of other relevant information partners may hold and feel appropriate to share. The multi-agency group decide the appropriate follow up action in line with the Walsall Safeguarding Partnership Right Help Right Time Guidance.
Our School has joined this jointly run operation between Walsall Council, West Midlands Police and Schools. Our School will receive a confidential communication from the Police Operation Encompass on the morning after any police notification or attended domestic abuse incident. We will then make sure the right support is offered to our children and families.