“Operation Encompass is a brilliant, simple and powerful idea. Domestic abuse is unfortunately a common experience for many children. By ensuring that incidents of domestic abuse are known about by the school before the child arrives at school the next day, we have an opportunity to mitigate the toxic impact of that experience for the child. We know that safe stable nurturing relationships are important in supporting resilience and Operation Encompass offers the opportunity for the police and schools to work together to provide that compassionate response following an incident of domestic abuse. In my view, it is our obligation to make sure every child affected by domestic abuse gets this help.”
Dr Warren Larkin is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Sunderland where he contributes to the training of Mental Health and Public Health professionals. He has a long-standing interest in the relationships between childhood adversity and outcomes later in life. Warren has published several research articles on the topic of trauma and psychosis and published an edited book with Professor Tony Morrison in 2006 (now commissioned for a second edition) exploring this theme. Warren led one of the two national IAPT (increasing access to psychological therapies) demonstration sites for Psychosis and was a member of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services National Task Force. Warren also developed the REACh approach (Routine Enquiry about Adversity in Childhood) as a way of assisting organisations to become more trauma-informed and to support professionals to ask routinely about adversity in their everyday practice. He is currently working with the Department of Health to support the roll out of routine enquiry about abuse and adversity in the NHS.