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Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a process by which key adults in schools, academies, colleges and nurseries are informed by the police that a child attending their premises may have been affected by domestic abuse. This will mean that a child has been in a household where an incident of domestic abuse has taken place and that they were present, witnessed or were involved in it. Providing nominated key adults with early domestic abuse information will enable them to assess the needs of that child during the school day and, should it be appropriate to do so, to offer timely support.

The records of all police callouts to domestic incidents will be reviewed daily to ascertain if a child meets the criteria for referral. Once relevant information has been identified the key adult will be contacted by telephone and that information shared. Domestic incidents that are reported and recorded on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, will be reviewed and shared the following Monday, unless it is a school holiday.

Operation Encompass was launched in Hartlepool on 1st April 2015 and in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland on 1st October. In the seven months this initiative has been operating in Hartlepool, the Operation Encompass Domestic Abuse Officer has reviewed 1476 records and referred 259 children to various schools, academies, colleges and nurseries.

Raising awareness of the key adults has been critical to the success of Operation Encompass. By the end of 2nd November 2015, awareness training has been given to over 300 teachers and nursery practitioners at a variety of training locations and the feedback from all those sessions has been extremely positive. Stockton is to go live with Operation Encompass on 14th January 2016 and training for their teachers and nursery practitioners will take place during November/December 2015. Once this awareness training has been completed well in excess of 400 teachers and nursery practitioners will have been trained across the whole of the Cleveland Police area.