One of the principles of Operation Encompass is that all incidents of domestic abuse are shared with schools, not just those where an offence can be identified.
What is Operation Encompass?
Operation Encompass is a police and education early information safeguarding partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support to children experiencing domestic abuse.
The Key Adult will be notified prior to the start of the next school day that the police have attended an incident of domestic abuse. This timely information sharing enables appropriate support to be provided for that child so that all interactions, from when the child first arrives at the school gates, are of a positive nature.
How does it work?
Operation Encompass is very simple and easy to implement within a school. Every school appoints a trained Key Adult – the Key Adult is the person who receives information about police attended Domestic Abuse incidents.
In our school, the Key Adults are our Child Protection Team:
Mr Eason (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Mrs Reynolds (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
We are the adults who receive the information and then support the young person in school and their family on the next steps. This could be working with Medway Social Services, helping with counselling, mentoring or some follow up work with an Early Help Worker, the child's Pastoral Support Officer, ACE Ambition Tutor or their form tutor.
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