Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass Pilot Programme rolled out to another 77 schools across the Newry and South Armagh area. The programme which is already operational across the Downpatrick area, sees police sharing information with schools where there have been instances of domestic abuse involving a child. This will allow officers to pass on relevant information to the school the child attends to that the right support can be put in place.

Operation Encompass is a partnership between the Safeguarding Board of Northern Ireland, the PSNI, the EA and schools, aimed at supporting children who witness domestic abuse or violence in the home. If the police attend a domestic abuse call where children are present, they  ill contact the child’s school before 9am the next morning to share this information with their safeguarding team.

77 schools in Newry and South Armagh are joining the programme before it is rolled out across Northern Ireland, including schools of all types – Nursery, Primary, Post-Primary, Special, EOTAS, Irish Medium and Independent Christian.

With this programme, safeguarding staff in schools are well placed to meet the immediate needs of children who have witnessed an incident of domestic violence.

For more information on the programme and for resources: https://www.operationencompass.org/



Safer Internet Resource

In advance of Safer Internet Day tomorrow, the CYPSP Southern Area Locality Development Team have prepared an interactive infographic. If you click on the logos included, you will be taken straight through to the corresponding websites / webpages containing information & resources focusing on keeping children and young people safer online.

The weblinks collated are only a sample of the plethora of online internet safety information currently available in the public domain. We simply aim to raise awareness of key sources and further reading for yourselves and the children, young people and families with whom you work.

Please also share with colleagues, family members and friends, if relevant –