St Paul's CofE Voluntary Controlled Primary School

York YO24 4BJ

01904 625240

stpauls.primary@york.gov.uk

Equality and Excellence

Operation Encompass

27th February 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

Operation Encompass

Our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a new project that will run jointly

between all schools, academies and colleges in York and North Yorkshire.

This new project, Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to

schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of normal school hours and that

might have had an impact on a child attending our premises the following day. This

information will be shared at the earliest opportunity between Monday to Friday and, when

an incident occurs on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, the police will contact us the following

Monday.

A nominated member of school staff, known as a key adult, will receive awareness training to

enable them to liaise with the police. At St Pauls the key adult will be the Headteacher.

They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure

that our school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or

their families. Information will be shared where it is identified that a child or young person

was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.

Operation Encompass was introduced in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall, in February 2011

and has proved very effective in providing appropriate support in a timely manner. This

initiative has already been implemented in other force areas such as Cleveland and is now

being extended across the Durham area.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our children and we believe this initiative

is going to be extremely beneficial and supportive for all those involved.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Knowles