Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass was developed in 2012 by a Police Sergeant and his wife, a Headteacher of a primary school in Plymouth.  They would regularly discuss the impact that domestic abuse would have on children and how their school would be able to offer support if they were made aware following incident.  As a result of these conversations, they developed Operation Encompass: a system to provide early notification to Key Adults within the schools when a pupil has been affected by Domestic Violence (DV) in the last 24 hours.  In response to a notification, the school would then ensure the appropriate support would be available for that child.

In Norfolk, Operation Encompass was launched in September 2016, following a recommendation from a Serious Case Review (Case Q 2016).  The Operation was piloted in the Great Yarmouth area involving 18 schools.  To date (June 2018) there are now 89% of schools across Norfolk, signing up to Operation Encompass.

It is a multi-agency operation between Norfolk Children’s Services, Norfolk Constabulary and the schools in Norfolk.  The police will share with members of the CADS team details of all domestic incidents (Crime/non-crime and Standard, Medium and High risk) where a child is present.  This information will then be shared during a phone conversation with the nominated Key Adult from the school.

The aim for Norfolk is to notify schools of any domestic abuse/violence incidents involving children on role at their school by 9am.  Notification will be made for all children between Reception – Yr13 (under the age of 18)

Support will be offered to the children, for example:

  • Overt
    • Physical needs – Food, Clothing, Equipment
    • 1:1 support
    • Changes to school routine
    • Time out of lessons
  • Silent
    • Allowing a child to keep a comfort item
    • Relaxation spaces
    • Ensuring children know who they can talk to
    • Changing expectations

More information can be found on the Operation Encompass website.

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