Operation Encompass and Domestic abuse
The Academy is enrolled onto the Operation Encompass scheme, a joint project between the Metropolitan Police Service and Merton Schools; where our DSL is notified of all domestic abuse incidents that have occurred and been reported to Police. This provides an opportunity for us to ensure the right support is in place at the right time for children who are experiencing domestic abuse.
A letter that has been circulated to all parents to inform them of this initiative can be found here.
Living in a home where domestic abuse takes place is harmful to children and can have a serious impact on their behaviour, wellbeing and understanding of healthy, positive relationships, including impacting upon their own personal, intimate relationships. Children who witness domestic abuse are at risk of significant harm and staff are alert to the signs and symptoms of a child suffering or witnessing domestic abuse.
What should I do if I suspect a family is affected by domestic abuse?
To talk through your concerns, call Children’s Social Care or click here for Merton’s Domestic violence and abuse support page where a number of helplines and support services are listed.
One Stop Shop Merton has a confidential drop-in service for people experiencing domestic abuse. It’s held every Monday between 9.30am -12.00 noon (except bank holidays) at Morden Baptist Church, Crown Lane, Morden, SM4 5BL. For further details call One Stop Shop on 020 7801 1777.
- Victim Support: 0808 168 9111
- Refuge: 0808 2000 247
National Domestic Women and Girls Network: 0808 801 0660
- Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men: 0808 801 0327
- Galop: 0207 704 2040
- Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247