Operation Encompass is a police and education early information safeguarding partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support to children experiencing domestic abuse.

Newcastle City Council, Northumbria Police and our Key Adults (Designated Safeguarding Lead) within the Academy and within other schools across Newcastle work together to make sure that school staff are made aware of an incident early enough to support those students in school.

How it works 

All schools in Newcastle nominate two members of staff who are known as Key Adults. All Key Adults attend specific training on the role, to support their school’s participation in Operation Encompass. 

Each morning a police officer reviews all domestic abuse incidents which might impact on a child attending school that day. Where children were present, witnessed or involved in a domestic abuse incident and aged between 4 and 16 years old, the officer will send this information to Children’s Social Care at Newcastle City Council.

Staff from Children’s Social Care will send this information in a secure format to the identified Key Adult at the child’s school. The Key Adult check their emails every day to be in an informed position to provide support in a way that is right for the child. 

This information is shared on school days during school term and, when incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or over a holiday period, the police contacts Children’s Social Care the following Monday. 

All parents are informed of their child's school participation in Operation Encompass either by letter or through information on the school’s website. 

For more information about Operation Encompass visit http://www.operationencompass.org/

Our Key Adults within the Academy are Mr Peter Robson (Designated Safeguarding Lead), and Mr Mike Collier (Deputy CEO of Tyne Coast Academy Trust)

Walker Riverside Academy has been part of the Operation Encompass since June 2019, when our parents were informed with the letter found HERE.