Operation Encompass was set up to provide early reporting to schools about any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school hours to which a young person attending Whitworth Community High School has been exposed and which might then have an impact on their schooling the following day. Following an incident, students will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff are made aware early enough to help and support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
Information will only be shared with the school by the police where it is identified that a young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.
A nominated member of school staff, known as an Encompass Key Adult, has been trained to liaise with the police. They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. The Key Adult will keep this information confidential and will only share it on a need-to-know basis, for instance, to teaching staff for the child or young person. It will not be shared with other school students. The Key Adult at Whitworth Community High School is Mrs Ashworth who is also one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads for the school.
We are keen to offer the best support possible for our students and a recent review of Operation Encompass showed that it is beneficial and supportive for all those involved.
You can find out more information by visiting the Operation Encompass website or by contacting Mrs Ashworth at school.