New, free safeguarding app for schools to tackle bullying

Lancashire and Yorkshire schools to tackle bullying, mental health and radicalisation with tootoot

Regional schools commissioner, Paul Smith, is driving the roll-out of a new safeguarding and prevention app, tootoot, across all schools and colleges in Lancashire and West Yorkshire, in an effort to combat all forms of bullying.

“Modern bullying comes in many different shapes and sizes. But whatever its form, it is a subject that is often very difficult to talk about if you become a victim,” said tootoot developer Michael Brennan. “That’s why I developed tootoot. And by rolling it out to all of these schools it will give a huge number of young people the confidence to report what is happening to them.”

The app provides school pupils and college students with a place to securely and anonymously report any incidents directly to their place of learning, reducing the number of cases over time.

“Having measures in place to prevent all forms of bullying, and a clear process for reporting incidents, is incredibly important for the safety of vulnerable children,” said Smith. “tootoot is an effective tool to help in these situations and, by giving 4,500 places of learning and over 1 million students access to this platform, we will have a much better idea of the scale of problems and we will hopefully see a significant reduction in the number of cases.”

Click here to see find out more about the initiative, which is driven by Barclays.

Pie Corbett