Durham High School takes part in Operation Encompass
What is Operation Encompass?
Operation Encompass is the implementation of key partnership working between Durham Constabulary, Local Authorities and nominated ‘Key Adults’ in schools.
Supporting children affected by domestic abuse
We work with the police and schools to ensure that schools are aware of any reported domestic abuse incidents, so that the child can receive appropriate support in school.
Harming effects of domestic abuse on youngsters
Children and young people who witness domestic abuse are often deeply affected. Going to school in the immediate aftermath means they will often arrive upset and unprepared and have to make their way through the school day without awareness of their situation by the teaching staff.
The benefits of sharing information
Through ‘Operation Encompass’, we work with the local police and schools to share information about domestic abuse incidents, making sure that a key adult at school is made aware early enough to support a child or young person in the best way possible.
When information will be passed on
Schools will receive information before the start of the next school day when:
- police have attended a domestic abuse incident
- a youngster of school age is present in the household at the time of the incident, either in the same or a separate room
- the incident has been assessed to be a high or medium risk incident of domestic abuse
Designed to support existing systems
Operation Encompass does not replace existing safeguarding procedures that are already in place – it is designed to support them.