Operation Encompass was developed in 2012 by a Police Sergeant and his wife, a Headteacher of a primary school in Plymouth. They would regularly discuss the impact that domestic violence would have on children and how their school would be able to offer support if they were made aware following incident. As a result of these conversations, they developed Operation Encompass: a system to provide early notification to Key Adults within the schools when a pupil has been affected by Domestic Violence (DV) in the last 24 hours. In response to a notification, the school would then ensure the appropriate support would be available for that child. This support could be overt or silent support.
Operation Encompass within Norfolk
Operation Encompass was launched in September 2016. The Operation was piloted in the Great Yarmouth area involving 18 schools, following this successful pilot it is being launched across the County from January 2017.
The aim in Norfolk is to notify all schools of domestic violence incidents that have occurred within the last 24 hours; so that children may be supported in an appropriate way.