I am writing to inform you that the school will be taking part in a jointly run operation between Kent County Council, Kent Police and our school, which is known as Operation Encompass.
Operation Encompass has been set-up to help schools to provide support to children who have been present, or exposed to or involved in any domestic abuse incident. We know that children can be significantly physically or emotionally harmed when they witness or are involved, directly or indirectly, with any domestic abuse incident.
The school will receive a confidential email from Kent Police before 12pm the morning after a child or young person has exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.
At Balfour Infant School I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead and as such I have been trained to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for the right support to be available for any child and their family. In my absence Miss Watson or Mrs Forbes will fulfil this role as Deputy Safeguarding Lead and members of the Senior Leadership Team.
Balfour Infant School is always keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
Ms D Atkinson