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Op Encompass

Op Encompass
When a child witnesses domestic abuse, it can have damaging and long-lasting effects. Their voice is not often heard. We can help to provide an early intervention to support them. 

What is Operation Encompass? 

Operation Encompass is a process where Kent safeguarding agencies share information about domestic abuse incidents to help protect any children who are involved. We piloted the process in Deal and, over the next 12 months, will introduce Operation Encompass throughout the county.   

What is the process?
  1. The child’s full name, date of birth and name of education setting should be recorded by the attending officer at any domestic abuse incident where a child is present or resides.
  2. Information will be shared, in confidence with the Education Key Adult by the designated Divisional Officer.
  3. The Education Key Adult will record and store information securely.
  4. Sharing of information between the police and education setting will provide support and early intervention for children. This allows them to remain in school and continue to learn in a safe environment.
What is the role of a Key Adult?

A Key Adult is a member of staff in a school, nursey or academy that has been specially trained to make sure the child has the right support available following a domestic abuse incident.

What are the benefits?

  • The Key Adult will be able to look out for the child, spot the early warning signs and share important information which could be vital to improve the child or young person’s life.
  • Operation Encompass will improve multi-agency sharing of information and build upon the trust that already exists between them.

Op Encompass is an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of children who are affected by domestic abuse. If you’re a parent, school or partner, you can find out more information via www.operationencompass.org.

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