Our school is part of a project, which is run by Salford Local Authority, schools and Greater Manchester Police. The project called, Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting of any domestic incidents that occur outside school, which might have a n impact on a child in school. This communicated through a secure email, from the police, to school, following and incident.
The project ensures that at least one member of staff, known as the key adult, is available to liaise with children's services and the police and to use the information that has been shared in confidence.
In this way, we aim to support each child who has been involved in, or witnessed, a domestic abuse incident.
The Key Adults at St. Luke's CE are Mrs Heslop, Mrs Lomas and Mrs Whealing.
If school receives an Encompass notification they will make sure that a person the child trusts is available to help - if the child needs this. Most of the time this support is silent; keeping a careful eye on him or her and making sure the child has a calm school day. The confidential information is ordinarily not shared with all staff, just an agreement on how to help, if needed.
All schools have a duty to share any information with other organisations if they feel a child is at risk of being hurt. The Key Adults may contact other organisations.
The sharing of information from the police allows the school to be ready to help your child straight away, and it means that parents are aware that the Key Adults know that something has happened. Parents can come and talk to a Key Adult. The key Adults are able to point you towards other people that can help.
Our aim is to support children and their families.