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Children exposed to domestic abuse to be supported.

Children exposed to domestic abuse to be supported.

A scheme that links police with schools to offer early help to children exposed to domestic abuse is to be rolled out across England and Wales.

 

 

 

According to the Home Office around one in five children in the UK have witnessed or been exposed to domestic abuse. Picture: Rimmdream/AdobeStock

The Operation Encompass scheme ensures that police contact a school before the start of the next school day when one of their pupils has been exposed to domestic abuse.

The school's safeguarding team are then able to put in place swift support for the pupils. The scheme is already in operation in 33 police forces and the Home Office has awarded £163,000 to the charity Operation Encompass, which runs the scheme, to ensure it is introduced across all 43 police force areas in England and Wales.

The funding will also be used by the charity to carry out an audit of the effectiveness of support in place for children.

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