Operation Encompass - Child Protection
We are an Operation Encompass School. Operation Encompass is the reporting by police to schools before 9 am on a school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.
The information is given to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.
‘Witnessing domestic abuse is as harmful to a child as being directly on the receiving end of the less serious variety of physical violence since there is no emotional refuge for a child who has one care giver a threat and the other frightened’ (Building Great Britons page 8 2015).
Professionals realise that being exposed to domestic abuse is classed as an adverse childhood experience and that the more adverse childhood experiences a child has the greater the negative impact upon their mental and physical health and well-being now and in the future.