We have launched the safeguarding platform tootoot across a number of schools in the city, with Chaddesden Park Primary School the latest to sign up.

The platform allows students to safely report worries and incidents such as bullying, cyber bullying, racism, extremism, radicalisation and mental health issues directly to their place of learning anonymously.

Students are sometimes 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 Derby students, allowing them to upload images and screen shots to provide evidence as an understanding of the issues faced within their school and community environment.

Councillor Asaf Afzal, Cabinet Member for Cohesion and Integration, said:

Derby City Council is pleased to support the tootoot app, it is a fantastic tool for schools as not all children suffering at the hands of bullies feel confident enough to approach a member of staff in person. Our young people must be able to speak out against bullying and this app helps them to do just that. Allowing students to anonymously report issues, gives them a voice and ensures they feel supported and listened to. Whilst also documenting all concerns, this gives parents and schools all details needed for the most appropriate action to be taken.

Tracey O’Heap, Learning Mentor at Chaddesden Primary School, said:

I held an assembly to talk to the children about the tootoot platform.  I asked who would rather speak to a member of staff anonymously; I was surprised by the number of children who raised their hands. Not every child will come and talk to me if they are being bullied. It is important to have a platform like this which is anonymous.

One young person we spoke to stated that she felt that the app was really important as “not all children will dare to go and speak to a teacher”.

Tootoot, Senior team member, Michael Moore, said:

It’s great that we can provide this platform to so many students who may not have the confidence to speak out if they’re being bullied. We hope it will help ease the worries of children in Derby for years to come.

The community safety team who have funded the pilot stated this is a fantastic initiative for Derby schools, helping young people to speak out against bullying.  We are looking to roll this initiative out to other schools across the city and encourage other interested schools to contact us.

If your school is interested in launching the initiative you can contact the Community Safety team for more information by emailing Sharon.Booth@derby.gov.uk or Lindsey.Maidstone@derby.gov.uk

You can also listen to Councillor Afzal discussing the app with tootoot’s Michael Moore on the Community Safety facebook page.