Our academy is part of a project, which is run between Trafford Local Authority, schools and Greater Manchester Policy. The project is called Operation Encompass and has been designed to provide early reporting of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside schools, which might have an impact on a child in school. This is communicated through a secure email to school following an incident.
The project ensures that at least one member of the academy 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 Old Trafford Community Academy are the Principal, Vice Principals and Assistant Principals.
If they receive 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 staf,, 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 Adult may contact other organisations.
The sharing of information from the police allows the academy to be ready to help the child straight away, and it means that parents are aware that the Key Adult knows that something has happened. Parents can come and talk to our Key Adult. The Key Adult can point parents towards other people that can help.
This initiative will contribute to our current safeguarding procedures, to enable us to protect and support children’s well-being.