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NAHT responds to Home Office announcement of funding to help pupils affected by domestic abuse

Commenting on the Home Office’s announcement of £163,000 for charity Operation Encompass, to support children who attend school following a domestic abuse incident, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said:

“NAHT fully supports the important and innovative work of Operation Encompass, a new approach to information sharing between police and schools to support families experiencing domestic abuse. It has proved to be very successful in the schools it has been trialled in, and this funding will help the scheme to be rolled out more widely. Our members will welcome this news, having voted to pass a motion in support of Operation Encompass earlier this year.”

Julie Simpson, Executive head teacher of St Barnabas Multi Academy Trust in Cornwall, who proposed the motion at NAHT’s Annual Conference, said: “We really want Operation Encompass to go on to the next level now. It is such a simple concept, but it is so effective. It just requires one phone call from the police to a nominated Key Adult in a school, prior to 9am on the morning after a domestic incident has happened in the child’s home. Having that knowledge allows us to put support in place for the child immediately.”

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