Operation Encompass is a charitable organisation set up in 2011, which has since enabled effective interventions to many thousands of children who've experienced domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass is a police and education early information safeguarding partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support to children experiencing domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass ensures that there is a simple telephone call or notification to a school’s trained Designated Safeguarding Lead /Officer (known as key Adult) prior to the start of the next school day after an incident of police attended domestic abuse where there are children related to either of the adult parties involved.
Information is shared with a school’s Key Adult (Designated Safeguarding Lead or Officer) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident. This sharing of information enables appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
Children are negatively impacted by experiencing domestic abuse and without early intervention and support this negative impact can last through a child’s life course. Domestic abuse can impact upon social, psychological, physical, emotional and behavioural outcomes with an often negative impact upon a child’s academic success. Experiencing domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience.
Operation Encompass aims, by directly connecting police and schools, to secure better outcomes for children , to enable schools to better understand the impact living with domestic abuse has upon children, to help schools to better understand a child’s lived experience and to therefore be able to support and nurture each child , making a child’s day better and giving them a better tomorrow.
Their aim is to have Operation Encompass in every force, in every school, for every child no matter where they live. It is simply every child’s right.
Operation Encompass have a range of resources for schools to access, including posters and handbooks.
Operation Encompass has a dedicated FREE online Key Adult training package which is hosted by Virtual College.
This free training is available to all schools and education settings including early years’ settings and Health Visiting. The training updates staff members' knowledge of domestic abuse, children as victims of domestic abuse, how Operation Encompass works in principle and how staff can support children experiencing domestic abuse. There is also a module about children with other vulnerabilities and children who are Missing from Home or Care.
This training will also assist you in developing the skills and knowledge to fully embed Operation Encompass in your school or education setting
Click here for more details and to find out how to sign up