Operation Encompass

Bolton Operation Encompass & Hardy Mill Primary School Safeguarding

As part of our commitment to safeguarding, Hardy Mill Primary will:

  • Endorse the Encompass model and support Safeguarding Leads to fulfil the requirements outlined within the Bolton Encompass model.
  • Use the Bolton Encompass model effectively alongside Keeping Children Safe statutory documentation and the Bolton Framework for Action.
  • Ensure that data protection is adhered to at all times when handling sensitive information shared by Bolton Encompass.

What is Operation Encompass?

The purpose of Bolton Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse incident. We know that domestic violence can have a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing, and physical health of children. Domestic violence and abuse can impact children long term.

Encompass has brought about a key partnership between the Police and schools. The aim of sharing information with local schools is to allow ‘Key Adults’ the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support and intervention, aiming to reduce the impact of domestic abuse on the child, whilst safeguarding the child from further exposure.

You can find out more about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) here: https://www.joiningforcesforchildren.org/what-are-ace

Click here to see the types of types of childhood experience: ACES


Who do we share Encompass procedures with?

Our safeguarding Governor; Mr James Cooke, the school Chair of Governors; Mr Adrian Smith, parents and carers and Hardy Mill staff are made aware of the role of Operation Encompass and how we utilise this at as part of effective safeguarding.


What happens when school receive an Encompass notification?

Following the report of an incident of domestic abuse, the school’s Key Adults will be informed immediately that the child or young person has been involved in a domestic incident. Schools are then in a position to safeguard the child through pastoral work, communication with the family and other external agencies as required.


Useful contacts

  • Safeguarding in Education Team

01204 332030/337472

  • MASSS (Referral and Assessment)

01204 331500

  • Police – Domestic Abuse Unit

0161 856 5589 or 0161 8565504