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Domestic Abuse & Schools

Date of request: October 8, 2020
Reference: 998/20

Request

As part of Operation Encompass how many contacts did your police force make to schools about domestic abuse incidents in:

  • January 2019
  • February 2019
  • March 2019
  • April 2019
  • May 2019
  • June 2019
  • July 2019
  • August 2019
  • September 2019
  • October 2019
  • November 2019
  • December 2019
  • January 2020
  • February 2020
  • March 2020
  • April 2020
  • May 2020
  • June 2020
  • July 2020
  • August 2020
  • September 2020
  • October 2020 (as up to date as possible)

If you don’t operate the Operation Encompass Scheme, but a similar scheme then please explain what scheme you run and give figures for the scheme you do operate for the dates above.

Response

Avon and Somerset Constabulary undertake the sharing of information with schools following DA incidents via its Lighthouse Safeguarding Unit (LSU). Officers attending a scene record if a child has been present or ordinarily resides at the location of the incident or with one of the involved parties. The incident is referred to LSU where a member of staff reviews the information and decides where that information should be shared and on what basis. A referral document is then sent to the Local Authority who cross reference their systems to establish which school(s) are attended by those involved. The information is then shared with the relevant schools alongside handling instructions

Please find below a table with a breakdown of the number of cases shared with Education. Many of these will be Operation Encompass related however due to the way this information has been recorded we would be unable to breakdown which cases were part of this operation and which were not.

Figures for October 2020 are up to the 11th October.

Month 2019 2020 Month 2019 2020
Jan 667 767 Jul 895 1056
Feb 757 684 Aug 890 893
Mar 801 811 Sept 771 1109
Apr 756 839 Oct 617 473
May 673 790 Nov 526
Jun 821 959 Dec 625
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