Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which ensures that a child's school is informed, prior to the start of the next school day, that there has been an incident of Domestic Abuse to which the child or young person has been exposed to, and which might then have an impact on them in school the following day.
Each school is informed of all Domestic Abuse incidents, not just those where an offence can be identified or those which are graded as high risk. The partnership recognises that all incidents of Domestic Abuse can be harmful to children and young people.
A nominated member of staff, known as a Key Adult, has been trained to liaise with the police. They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the school makes provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. The Key Adult will keep this information confidential, and will only share it on a need to know basis.
At Newburgh C.E. Primary School our Key Adult is Mrs Rebecca Fowler (Headteacher).
We are keen to offer the best support possible for our pupils and know how damaging domestic abuse within a child's household can be. A recent review of Operation Encompass showed that it is beneficial and supportive for all those involved.
This initiative has been implemented across the whole of the Lancashire Police area. If you would like some more information about it, you can view it online at www.operationencompass.org
As a school we participate in Operation Encompass alongside Lancashire Police. A letter explaining what this partnership means is here.