Last month, Jo met two tireless campaigners against the domestic abuse of children.
Operation Encompass was founded in 2011 by former Plymouth police sergeant David Carney-Haworth and his wife Elisabeth and aims to mitigate the harm of domestic abuse on children by providing immediate support. This is done by direct communication between police staff and schools.
This straight-forward and effective scheme has won national plaudits with both founders being awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for their efforts. Jo said: “It is good to see that this scheme ensures that children can get all the support they need in a safe environment, which ought to be- but obviously is not- their homes.” Parliament is currently considering the Domestic Abuse Bill, which, for the first time, will define domestic abuse as including emotional and economic abuse.
Jo was pleased to be part of the event and learn about the work Operation Encompass does to help to ensure that the most vulnerable members of our society are protected.