Operation Encompass operates in all police forces across England. The process helps to support schools in providing emotional support and practical help to children.
When police attend an incident of domestic abuse, where children live within the household, a notification will be sent to the relevant school/s the following day to notify us of the incident. The information provided ensures that we have up-to-date information for children who have experienced a domestic abuse incident within the home. We can then use this information to provide further wellbeing support internally.
This tool is also used to send relevant information to schools before midday of the following school day when a child or young person has been reported missing to the police either by staff at the school or the parent/carer of that child. This is to enable us to support the child if they make their way in to school and to ensure we are fully informed as a safeguarding partner so that we can complete the appropriate safeguarding checks.
Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as the Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and use the information shared in confidence while ensuring we are able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by friends or families of those who have been reported missing as well as the child or young person themselves if they arrive at school.