Operation Encompass is a partnership between police and schools.
One of the principles of Operation Encompass is that all incidents of domestic abuse are shared with schools, not just those where an offence can be identified.
Every school has a trained Key Adult (DSL) – the Key Adult is the person who receives information about police attended Domestic Abuse incidents.
The Key Adult is notified prior to the start of the next school day that the police have attended an incident of domestic abuse. This timely information sharing enables appropriate support to be provided for that child so that all interactions, from when the child first arrives at the school gates, are of a positive nature.
Parents and carers should also be aware that under their safeguarding duties schools must always work towards the best interests of the children in their care. This may include referring to the police and to children’s social care services if necessary.