In conjunction with Cheshire Police, Whitby Heath Primary School participates in a Police led initiative called Operation Encompass. This is a partnership between schools and the Police that helps support any child where a domestic incident has been reported to Police from their home.
The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident.
Following a domestic incident, the Police will make contact with school via telephone or secure email (usually the next day) and will communicate relevant information to nominated, trained school staff. This will ensure that, as a school, we are made aware early enough to support children in a way that means they feel safe, supported and listened to. It will also provide an opportunity for school to offer support to the whole family.
Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff (called Key Adults) are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
Our school has members of staff called key adults who are trained to liaise with the Police, when required, whilst ensuring support is available to any child who requires this.
The main Key Adult at Whitby Heath Primary School is Mr Wright.
The initiative is active in all Cheshire schools and is a valuable way we can continue to support and help children and families within our school community when they need it the most.
You can find out more about Operation Encompass via the following site: http://www.operationencompass.org/ or by contacting our Key Adult.
We are committed to working in partnership with local relevant organisations to keep children safe and to offer valuable support to all children across Cheshire.