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Operation Encompass

The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Operation Encompass is the notification to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, of incidents where when a child or young person has experienced or been exposed to any domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, (DSP) 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. Whilst also 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.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

Sarah Oliver, a Domestic Abuse Outreach Worker from St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge, in partnership with Safer Places, is available at the Reach Free School between 10am and midday each Monday. It is important to remember; domestic abuse takes many forms not just physical abuse. Click here to find out more about domestic abuse (domestic violence).

This means parents, guardians or carers can access direct support from the charity should you need it. Sarah can tailor the support to meet you and your family’s individual needs or just offer advice via email or on the phone. To speak to Sarah please contact reception during these times and they will put you through. Alternatively, you can also book appointments or access advice directly by calling 07483149900 or  via email sarah.oliver@sahwr.org.uk.

Safer Places can offer support independently of the school and you can contact them directly. They advise that, “if you think you are suffering from domestic abuse then you probably are” and offer a range of different services to support you and guide you through an abusive relationship. If you are not sure click here to find out more about what they can offer, or to contact them for support right now, call 03301 025811. For more information on Safer Places services you can e-mail info@saferplaces.co.uk or visit St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge website.

There are also many local and nation charities who can offer support to victims of domestic violence. Please ensure you speak to your GP.

Follow these links for more support:

Young Minds

The Change Project


Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline or call on 08 088 088 088