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Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a unique police and education, early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who may have been exposed to domestic abuse. Developed in Devonport Plymouth in February 2011 by a police sergeant and his wife, a headteacher It was launched in Norfolk in 2016 following a recommendation from a Serious Case Review (Case Q 2016;  NSCB Serious Case Reviews). It is a system which provides an early notification to key adults within a school when a pupil may have been affected by domestic abuse. In response to this notification, schools are able to ensure the appropriate support is available for that child. There are currently 98% of Schools signed up to take part in Operation Encompass in Norfolk and Encompass has now been established and currently operates in some form in 33 forces in England and Wales.

Schools who want to sign up, get more information or need to update changes should contact operationencompass@norfolk.gov.uk

Operation Encompass Audit September 2019

CADS education representative

Lisa Smith is our CADS Education Representative. If you have any questions about Operation Encompass email operationencompass@norfolk.gov.uk and someone will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Domestic abuse change coordinators

Domestic Abuse Champions are a network of specially trained colleagues and peers throughout Norfolk who provide help and support to anybody experiencing domestic abuse (DA). Victims of DA go to as many as 10 different agencies before they get the help, advice and support they need and many front-line staff struggle to know how to respond. Our network of Champions will bring lasting and positive change making Norfolk a place where people affected by domestic abuse can be supported from first contact to reduce risk and prevent harm.  The Domestic Abuse Change Coordinators support the network of champions and deliver training.  Click for further information about the role of Domestic Abuse Champions and Change Coordinators.
Free training is available to anyone working in education to enable them to become a Champion so that they too can support people experiencing DA, not only the public but also colleagues, peers and indeed anyone they come in to contact with. 

The network also publishes a regular newsletter which provides helpful information for anyone. Please email da.change@norfolk.gov.uk to request a consultation, subscribe or request information about training. 

Information for professionals working with victims of domestic abuse

Norfolk County Council’s domestic abuse webpages contain a wide range of information for victims and professionals working with victims of domestic abuse, including children.  
Operation Encompass Key Adults can also access free advice from an Education Psychologist about how best to support them.  Contact the Operation Encompass Teachers’ National Helpline on 0204 513 9990.  The service is available Monday to Friday, 8am-1pm.