Operation Encompass - Supporting children through key adults

Operation Encompass is a national Police Force and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership that supports children and young people exposed to domestic violence. The support from the Police is in the form of a phone call to the school the child or children attend giving information about an incident of domestic abuse.

More information can be found at the website http://www.operationencompass.org/

When the Police are called to an incident they will ascertain whether or not there has been domestic abuse and if there are children in the property.

If there are children in the property the Police Officer will collect information to report to Operation Encompass. The report is communicated to school by a trained Operation Encompass operator between 7am and 9am in the morning. This is to allow the school the opportunity to prepare to support the child during the day. The call is taken at school by a trained and designated safeguarding lead who will take action.

School will take action to ensure that the teacher and key adults have as much information as necessary but as little information as possible to ensure that the child is supported in a manner which is ‘overt or silent’. In other words, we know there has been an incident and we support the child with our presence and care but do not instigate conversations or interventions. We are there for the child. Our normal safeguarding procedures are used after the phone call is received.

Why a call? The safety and well being of your child is very important. Research has shown that...

The national average is that a child will have experienced 35 incidents of domestic abuse before the Police are called.

“Children are neither untouched by violence or passive bystanders.” Buckley et al 2007

Witnessing DA creates the same state in the human brain as combat soldiers presenting with PTSD.

Children who have Adverse Childhood Experiences are (Dr Kat Ford - Public Health Wales):

23% more likely to verbally abuse others

17% more likely to physically abuse someone when they get older

10% more likely to sexually abuse someone when they get older

Children growing up in a household which exposes them to 4 or more ACE situations means that they are

20% more likely to experience parental separation

16% more likely to experience domestic violence

14% more likely to experience mental illness

14% more likely to experience drug abuse

5% more likely to abuse drugs

5% more likely to be sent to prison

What will we do with this information?

At CMPS - depending on the situation - we will...

The information from Operation Encompass will be passed on to a Level 3 trained Safeguarding Officer. At Combe Martin Primary the Safeguarding Officers are:

Damian Railston, Head Teacher

Debbie Hockley, Tiddlers

Further support can come from our Federation colleagues. They will be available to receive information and pass it onto school if for some reason Mr Railston or Mrs Hockley are not contactable.

Angela Fernyhough, SWSF

Gail Holmes, Headteacher Woolacombe

Gary Bladon, Headteacher Bampton

What happens next?

As with all information we get about children, we have a duty of care to ensure our children thrive. We will start a conversation with you. Not to judge but to support. We will offer support through our Early Help network. We want your child to be safe and we will support you to do this. We will interact with other agencies involved but we will work with you and explain everything we are doing to help your child.

What should I do?

Come into school and tell us that you have experienced an incident which has been reported as Operation Encompass - some people say, “We’ve had an encompass”. The staff will know what you mean and we will help support your child more effectively. Having a conversation with us is by far the best option to take.

What will we not do

We will not give information about you to anyone who doesn’t need it. The Designated Safeguarding Officer will give as much information as necessary and as little information as possible to protect your privacy.

We will not question your child directly. We will act towards them like we don’t know but if they disclose we will follow our school procedures.

Understanding Domestic Violence

It is our responsibility to understand the forms of DA and act accordingly. The Children’s DA Wheel is a good starting point to identify the various manifestations of DA.

Further information http://www.operationencompass.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/48pp-A4-Book-FW.pdf