St Helens schools to tackle bullying with tootoot

St Helens Council’s Children and Young People’s Services team is rolling
out a new safeguarding and prevention app – tootoot – to every school in St Helens to tackle all forms of bullying and ensure that pupils across the
borough feel safe.

The national initiative, supported by Hollyoaks and Casualty actor Will
Mellor, gives young people an online platform to securely and anonymously report any incidents direct to their place of learning.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning,
Councillor Jeanette Banks said: “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.

“Tootoot is an effective tool to help in these situations and, by giving
all education settings in St Helens access to this platform, we will have a
much better idea of the scale of a particular problem. Hopefully we will
see a significant reduction in the number of cases as our knowledge and
understanding increases.”

The tootoot app is available 24/7, 365 days a year and is part of a suite
of resources which schools can use to ensure that pupils make some noise about bullying issues.  There will be launch activities in secondary
schools during National Anti-Bullying Week (16 to 20 November) – while the primary phase of the programme will be rolled out during December 2015.

Tootoot developer Michael Brennan, said: “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. 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.”