Expanse Learning Wigan School has been given the opportunity to take part in a new project that will run in partnership with Wigan Safeguarding Board and Greater Manchester Police.
The project, Wigan Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school, but which might have an impact on a child attending school the following day. This information will be shared on school days during the school term. When incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, the police will contact the relevant school the following Monday.
A nominated member of school staff, known as a Key Adult, will be trained to liaise with the police. At Expanse Learning Wigan School our Key adults are:
Tel: 01942 877715
Key Adult (Deputy)
Tel: 01942 877715
They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the school is able to support children and their families. Information will be shared where it is identified that a child or young person resides at an address where a domestic abuse incident took place.
We always endeavour to offer the best support possible to our students and believe that Wigan Encompass is going to be beneficial and supportive for all concerned children and families
Domestic Abuse Definition
The definition of domestic violence and abuse - Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling1, coercive2 or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:
This definition includes so-called `honour` based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
Domestic abuse is a safeguarding children issue and statistics show that in 90% of cases children are present in a household during a domestic abuse incident. Often the following day children are ill-prepared to deal with the school day.
Encompass is a partnership between Greater Manchester Police (GMP), Wigan Safeguarding Children’s Board and designated school staff, known as Key Adults. Working together to safeguard children, GMP will inform the Key Adults within schools about any domestic abuse incident where the child or young person has been present or affected. This will enable the school to take appropriate steps to support their pupil during what could be an emotionally difficult time. Key adults within the school are then able to accommodate the school day to lessen the impact and to support the child if they need it. In its simplest form, they are given some leeway, comfort and support. This can make a huge difference to children and allows them to have a safe space.