What is Operation Encompass South Tyneside?
The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in a domestic abuse incident. Following an incident at home, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset and unprepared for the day.
South Tyneside Council, the police and Key Adults in schools and academies across South Tyneside will be working together to make sure that school staff are made aware of an incident early enough to support children and young people.
Why is Operation Encompass being introduced in South Tyneside?
Operation Encompass was initially launched in Plymouth in February 2011 to address a shortcoming in the early sharing of information with schools. Since then several pilots have been set up across the UK including Gateshead and has proved to very successful in providing appropriate support in a timely manner. Pilots across the UK have reported positive outcomes for many children and young people.
South Tyneside Council, Northumbria Police and all schools and academies in the borough will be taking part in the scheme, to help provide additional new support which will benefit children and young people in South Tyneside and improve multi-agency sharing of information.
How will it work?
Schools and academies across South Tyneside will nominate two members of staff who will be known as Key Adults. All Key Adults will attend specific training to the role in preparation for Operation Encompass.
Each morning a police officer will review all domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school but which might have had an impact on a child attending school the following day. Where children were present, witnessed or involved in a domestic abuse incident and aged between 4 and 18 years old, the officer will send this information to the Contact and Referral Team.
The team will send this information in a secure format to the identified Key Adult. The Key Adult will check their emails at 10am and 12noon every day and the staff in contact with those pupils will then be in an informed position to support them in a way that is right for the child.
This information will be shared on school days during school term and, when incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or over a holiday period, the police will contact the Contact and Referral Team the following Monday.
All parents will be sent a letter from their child’s school informing them about Operation Encompass.
When will Operation Encompass be launched in South Tyneside?
Operation Encompass was launched in January 2016.
Stanhope believes that this project demonstrates our school’s commitment to working in partnership, to safeguarding and protecting our children, and to provide the best possible care and support for our pupils.
If you would like to speak to someone further about the project or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs.L Martin or by email [email protected] You can also find more information through accessing the following website http://www.operationencompass.org