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Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

●● A PO­LICE op­er­a­tion has been launched to en­sure chil­dren who wit­ness do­mes­tic vi­o­lence are given the sup­port they need at school.

Op­er­a­tion En­com­pass is funded by the Com­plex De­pen­dency Pro­gramme via Cheshire East Coun­cil, and will see nurs­eries, schools and col­leges across Cheshire East bet­ter able to sup­port pupils who may have been af­fected by do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Chil­dren and young peo­ple who have ex­pe­ri­enced do­mes­tic vi­o­lence can face both long and short-term cog­ni­tive, be­havioural and emo­tional ef­fects and hav­ing a trusted adult to turn to for sup­port, away from the fam­ily set­ting, can play a key sup­port role.

By in­form­ing schools of any in­ci­dents that Po­lice of­fi­cers are called to, Op­er­a­tion En­com­pass en­sures that there is a level of un­der­stand­ing and sup­port al­ready in place fol­low­ing any in­ci­dents.

Chief Con­sta­ble of Cheshire Po­lice, Si­mon Byrne, said: “It is vi­tal that we in­vest in the long-term wel­fare of the most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren in Cheshire.

“Only by pro­tect­ing young peo­ple from the im­pact of do­mes­tic abuse in the home can we hope to break the cy­cle of this dev­as­tat­ing and de­struc­tive crime.

“Op­er­a­tion En­com­pass builds on the work that we al­ready do and al­lows of­fi­cers to take ac­tion to en­sure that chil­dren, who find them­selves in th­ese chal­leng­ing and up­set­ting sit­u­a­tions, have a brighter fu­ture.”

Fund­ing has sup­ported two ded­i­cated mem­bers of staff who, fol­low­ing a do­mes­tic in­ci­dent, make con­tact with the rel­e­vant school and com­mu­ni­cate nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion to nom­i­nated, fully-trained school staff. Cheshire Po­lice cur­rently re­ceive more than 1,000 calls a month re­lat­ing to al­leged do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and abuse.

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