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How does Operation Encompass work?

The purpose of Wigan Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse incident. Domestic abuse impacts on children in several ways. Children are at increased risk of physical injury during an incident, either by accident or because they attempt to intervene.


Operation Encompass directly connects the Police (GMP) with a Key Adult (Miss Melling) at St John Fisher Catholic High School to ensure an efficient, confidential channel of communication. The school will then be better able to support the child and discuss these concerns with the family. Being aware of the trauma a child has experienced enables professionals to better understand and support the child.

Following a domestic abuse incident, the police will send an encompass report to the school detailing the events of the incident.

Children will often arrive in school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure school staff (Miss Melling, Miss Cunliffe, Mr Stuchberry and Mr Murray) are made aware early enough to take appropriate action and so help and support children in a way that means they feel safe.


The purpose of, and procedures in, Operation Encompass has been shared with all parents and governors and forms a part of the school’s Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy.

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