The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse incident. have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse incident. Operation Encompass has been created to address this situation.
Operation Encompass is the implementation of key partnership working between Police, Local Authorities, Children’s Services, Health agencies and nominated ‘Key Adults’ in schools. The aim of sharing information with local schools is to allow ‘Key Adults’ the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support that allows them to remain in a safe but secure familiar environment.
Starting in October 2015, Highfield became involved in the pilot scheme to introduce this practice initially into Farnworth schools, which will be known as Bolton Encompass.
Following the report of an incident of domestic abuse, by 9.00am on the next school day the school’s Key Adult will be informed that the child or young person has been involved in a domestic incident. This knowledge, given to schools through Bolton Encompass, allows the provision of immediate early intervention through silent or overt support dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
The purpose and procedures in Bolton Encompass have been shared with all parents and governors, is detailed as part of the school’s Safeguarding Policy and published on our school website.
At Highfield, our Key Adult is Miss D Helme.
Parents and guardians are made fully aware of the purpose of Bolton Encompass and its procedures through a letter that is sent home each September and when a new child enrolls in school and is a part of our Safeguarding Policy for Parents that is distributed and signed for at the Autumn Parents’ Evening.