Women’s Aid is working in partnership with Operation Encompass to improve local responses to domestic abuse, and to ensure that schools are supporting children and parents experiencing domestic abuse at the earliest possible point.
In local areas signed up to Operation Encompass, the police must inform a ‘key adult’ at the relevant local school if they have been called to an incident of domestic abuse at a child’s home before 9am the next morning – or before 9am on the Monday morning if an incident occurs over a weekend.
This enables schools to provide support to the child(ren) involved, and offer practical help and information to the child’s mother in a safe space.
We are encouraging all police forces in England to take up Operation Encompass, and to work with us to make women and children safer by engaging with schools at the earliest possible point.
Women’s Aid’s new model of responding to domestic abuse, Change that Lasts, provides routes to earlier intervention and support for women and children affected by domestic abuse. Our work on Operation Encompass provides an innovative intervention for school-aged children within the Change that Lasts framework. It will also help provide valuable support to mothers, as well as a route for referral to specialist domestic abuse services.
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“Women’s Aid is delighted to be a partner in the essential work of Operation Encompass. Children are often the hidden victims of domestic abuse and this is such a simple way of supporting them. For women survivors of domestic abuse, a community-wide response is essential: we are developing this as part of our Change that Lasts model. The links between police, schools and specialist support services will help to keep women and children safe.”
David Carney-Haworth, a founder of Operation Encompass, said:
“Operation Encompass and Women’s Aid working together in partnership reflects the importance of supporting the children who live in homes where there is domestic abuse.
“As the founders of Operation Encompass, we are privileged that Women’s Aid recognise the work that Operation Encompass has been doing over the last few years and the many thousands of children that have already been supported and comforted. Hopefully our partnership will enable Operation Encompass to grow faster and wider. We believe that Operation Encompass is Every Childs Right and our partnership will see that Operation Encompass is in every force , in every school, for every child.”