Tackling and Responding to Domestic Abuse: What Schools Should Know

About this event

More than 2.1 million people aged 16 years and over (1.4 million women and 751,000 men) experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2023, according to The Crime Survey for England and Wales.

When the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 came into law, it introduced the first ever statutory definition of domestic abuse and recognises the impact of domestic abuse on children, as victims in their own right, if they see, hear or experience the effects of abuse.

In 2022, Keeping Children Safe in Education added information regarding domestic abuse, including how all children can witness and be adversely affected by domestic abuse. It can have a serious, long lasting emotional and psychological impact on children, and in some cases, a child may blame themselves for the abuse or may have had to leave the family home as a result.

But what does the added guidance mean for schools and how do you ensure you are safeguarding your pupils when domestic abuse comes into play?

During the session we will be covering the following:

  • What should schools know when it comes to domestic abuse?
  • What should schools do if they have concerns about domestic abuse?
  • Operation Encompass
  • What support schools can offer
Let us introduce you to this week's professional speaker

Joanne Bocko 

Joanne has a wide range of safeguarding experience which allows her to understand the differences between schools and the challenges they face. Starting as a primary school teacher, her compassion for those in need led to a move to Police Staff and eventually working in the cybercrime team supporting schools and students with online safety issues. She headed up campaigns for online offences and appeared on the BBC and Radio One newsbeat. Her passion for schools brought her to the Local Authority, where, as a Safeguarding in Education Officer, she provided training and support to all schools in her county. Her motto is ‘if it will make life easier and better for schools, I will do it!’