In June 2014 the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) was awarded funding from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Competed Fund.
The grant was to develop a project aimed at supporting young victims suffering or witnessing domestic abuse.
With this funding, a Project Manager from Safe in Tees Valley was seconded to Cleveland Police to take the lead.
The project called Operation Encompass enables schools to be told straight away (by 9am on the next working day) when a pupil has experienced the trauma of domestic abuse.
This knowledge enables specially-trained teaching staff to provide support. The project recognises that better information sharing and joint working can prevent victimisation of vulnerable young people and provide better outcomes for them.
The MOJ funding allowed a pilot scheme to be set up in the Hartlepool area, which will be launched on 1 April 2015.
This decision requests the continuation of the project manager role for a further 12 months to enable similar arrangements to be rolled out across the Cleveland.
Early feedback from headteachers indicates that the project is much appreciated to support young people in the school environment.