Derby City Council has launched tootoot to 11 schools across the city. This safeguarding platform is being used in primary schools and secondary schools, allowing students to safely report any worries and incidents such as bullying, cyber bullying, racism, extremism, radicalisation, and mental health issues directly to their place of learning.
Sometimes students are too scared or simply aren’t confident enough to speak to someone face-to-face about their concerns, for fear of being identified and making matters worse. With tootoot, students are able to safely and anonymously tell their school about their concerns and worries, as a first step to resolving them.
Tootoot has proven to be 6 times more effective than face-to-face reporting. This launch has given a safe and anonymous reporting tool to over 6000 students within Derby, allowing them to upload images and screen shots to provide evidence as and understanding of the issues faced within their school and community environment.
Councillor Asaf Afzal, Cabinet Member for Cohesion and Integration, said “It is essential that schools have measures in place that safeguard students, this resource does exactly that by defining a clear process for reporting and logging incidents. Allowing students to anonymously report issues, gives them a voice and ensures they feel supported and listened to. Whilst parents, carers and schools have all details documented, meaning the most appropriate action can be taken. This is a fantastic initiative for Derby schools, another support mechanism to give our young adults the best chances in their early lives.”