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What is Operation Encompass?

The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in a domestic abuse incident. Following an incident at home, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset and unprepared for the day.

Rotherham Council, the police and nominated Key Adults in school are working together, to make sure that school staff are made aware of an incident early enough to support pupils in school.

Why has Operation Encompass been introduced in ROTHERHAM?

Operation Encompass was initially launched in Plymouth in February 2011 to address a shortcoming in the early sharing of information with schools. Since then schemes have been set up across the UK, including Rotherham, and have proved to very successful in providing appropriate support in a timely manner for families and young people.


​All schools in the borough are taking part in the scheme, to help provide additional new support which will benefit children and young people and improve multi­ agency sharing of information.

How does it work?

Schools across Rotherham have nominated two members of staff who will be known as Key Adults. Each morning a police officer reviews all domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school but which might have had an impact on a child attending school the following day. Where children were present, witnessed or involved in a domestic abuse incident and aged between 4 and 16 years old, the officer sends this information to Rotherham's Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) who inform school in a secure format to the identified Key Adult. The Key Adult checks their emails every day and the staff in contact with those pupils will then be in an informed position to support them in a way that is right for the child.​

This information will be shared on school days during school term and, when incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or over a holiday period, the police will contact MASH the following Monday.

For more information about Operation Encompass, please contact your school or visit:


Operation Encompass Website

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