Operation Encompass is an innovative project in which schools and colleges in Northumberland are participating, and which is run in partnership with Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Police.

Operation Endeavour aims to support children and young people who are affected by domestic abuse.  Witnessing domestic abuse is really distressing for a child or young person, who often see the abuse; hear it from another room; see a parent’s injuries or distress afterwards or who can be physically hurt by trying to stop the abuse.

As a result, following any domestic abuse incident being reported to the Police, the Police will make contact with Children’s Social Care who will then communicate relevant and necessary information to nominated school staff.  This will ensure that the school is made aware at the earliest opportunity and can subsequently provide support to children in a way that means they feel safe and listened to.

Each school has members of staff (key adults) who have been fully trained in liaising with the Police and Children’s Social Care when required, and will ensure that the necessary support is made available to the child or young person following the disclosure of a domestic abuse incident.

If you would like to speak to someone further about the project or require further information please contact our key adults in school who are LIam Murtagh; Flora Whitfield and Stuart Packer – you can also access further information about the project from the following link and an information booklet can be accessed via this link.