Operation Encompass was launched in Plymouth in February 2011 to address shortcomings in the early sharing of information with schools; with a vision to safeguard children and young people who are affected by domestic abuse by ensuring that appropriate services are made aware of an incident at the earliest opportunity. Since then Encompass has been rolled out across a number of areas in the UK with successful implementation and positive outcomes for many children and young people.
The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support those children and young people who have witnessed and/or been present at the time of a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident taking place, children will often arrive at school distressed and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that a Designated Safeguarding Person (DSP) has been identified within the schools and are appropriately trained. They are to be made aware of the incidents at the earliest opportunity in order to provide timely and tailored support to children and young people at the start of, and during the school day.
Operation Encompass is designed to reinforce safeguarding and ensure children’s wellbeing is of paramount importance.
Dyfed Powys Encompass is a partnership between Dyfed-Powys Police, the Education Department of all four local authorities and designated safeguarding persons within the schools.