Goresbrook School has been given the opportunity to take part in a project, known as 'Operation Encompass', run jointly between schools and the Metropolitan Police Service.
Operation Encompass ensure schools are notified where a child (under 18) has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident. Children can be significantly physically or emotionally harmed in such cases and the information received is used to make sure the right support is available for children and their families. This will ordinarily be done by the start of the next school day. Operation Encompass ensures that a specially trained member of the school staff, known as a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), is informed. The DSL or their Deputy (DDSL) can then use this information, in confidence, to ensure the wellbeing of the child. The school can also make provisions or adjustments to assist the child, or the families involved.
We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this scheme is extremely beneficial for all those involved. If you have any concerns or questions then please contact our school Designated Safeguarding Lead (Jennifer Reading) or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (Miss Deborah Woodward) and they will be happy to discuss this further.
Additional information about the project can be found on the Operation Encompass website
Prevent is the government strategy aimed at reducing the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
The 2011 Prevent strategy has three specific strategic objectives:
- Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it;
- Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support;
- Work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.
Every member of staff at Goresbrook School is trained to know the signs of a child who is vulnerable and possibly susceptible to becoming radicalised.
As much as we educate our children to make the right choices in life, it is impossible for us to monitor their decisions and the influences around them when they are outside of the School. It is therefore imperative that parents and carers are aware of who their children are talking to both online and face to face.
For practical advice on protecting children from radicalisation and extremism, please visit the government's Educate Against Hate website.
For advice on how to talk to children about terrorist incidents please watch this video provided by the NSPCC called 'How you should talk to your children about terrorism'
For practical ways you can support and protect your child from being radicalised, take a look at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Prevent Parent Guide