The power couple, David & Lis, started Operation Encompass to support children facing domestic abuse

“We are David Carney-Haworth OBE and Elisabeth Carney-Haworth OBE. We have been married for a very long time and are madly in love with each other. (David) I have served 30 years in the police force, and (Lis) I have now retired after 41 years in education.”

Image: David and Elisabeth
Image: David and Elisabeth

“It all stemmed from my experience at school. One day a child experienced domestic abuse, and when he came to school the next day his behavior was different. Several teachers and I tried our best to understand the cause of the behavior, but we could not. A few months later the information came to light that the child went through domestic abuse. I came back home that day and asked David why the schools aren’t informed when any of our students go through such challenges at home. The school would have been better prepared to help and support the child in such situations.”

“Hence, Operation Encompass was created in 2011. It is a joint enterprise between the Police Force and Education. Police force signs up with Operation Encompass. We then conduct a strategic briefing with the police force and with a key adult in school who is responsible for safeguarding. When the police attend any domestic abuse incident, they are required to take the child’s name, age, and school details. Prior to the start of school the next day, the police inform the key adult about the child. This way the school is aware and better prepared to support the child.

When we started, the BBC conducted a Freedom of Information Request, and 17 out of 43 police forces responded. In a 190-day period, 46,591 children had received support in school through Operation Encompass. We are now established in 40 Police Forces and have represented in various countries and universities.

With the present scenario, children are at homes all day due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Hence, we have come up with a 3-point plan. 

  1. Reengaging with the police forces to remind them of the importance of Operation Encompass, especially during the lockdown period.

  2. Encouraging police forces to speak to schools and teachers if they feel any child is potentially vulnerable.

  3. For the first time ever, we have introduced free helpline, staffed with Education Psychologists, for Operation Encompass teachers. Teachers can call to get the best and free advice on how to deal with kids facing domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass has a powerful backing of patrons and ambassadors. They are truly our anchors. We have been grateful to receive OBE from the Queen, and we have been awarded the ‘World Class Policing Award 2019’.

Our Mantra is every force, every school, every child. We will not sit still until every child who faces domestic abuse gets support via Operation Encompass."

You Humanity pays respect and gratitude to David Carney-Haworth OBE and Elisabeth Carney-Haworth OBE for going above and beyond to contribute towards Humanity.

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