Our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between Salford Schools and Greater Manchester Police. This is called Operation Encompass.
Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school, which might have an impact on a child in school. This is communicated through a secure email to school following an incident.
The project ensures that at least one member of the school staff, known as the key adult, is available to liaise with children’s services and the police and to use the information that has been shared in confidence. In this way we aim to support each child who has been involved in, or witnessed a domestic abuse incident.
At Oakwood Academy our Key Adult is Lisa Southwood and Deputy Key Adult is Michelle Navin.
It the Key Adult/Deputy Key Adult receives an Emcompass notification they will make sure that a person the child trusts is available to help - if the child needs this. Most of the time this support is silent, keeping a careful eye on him or her and making sure the child has a calm school day.
All schools have a duty to share any information with other organisations if they feel a child is at arisk of being hurt. The Key Adult/Deputy Key Adult may contact other organisations.
If you would like more information about Operation Encompass, details can be viewed online at www.operationencompass.org