What do you do if you think your child is being bullied?
Whisper, is Ratby Primary School’s anonymous online reporting service for pupils to use if they have any school problems or worries, e.g. bullying, peer issues, schoolwork, anxiery. Reporting issues is a very effective way to enable us to be able to deal with risks before they escalate into harm and we already have ways in which pupils can seek support but we understand that sometimes face to face conversations are difficult.
Whisper, allows pupils to send an anonymous message or text to a confidential school email account where members of the safeguarding team, experienced in responding to issues, will receive it.
How does it work?
Clicking on the Whisper button will take pupils to an online form where they can leave a message. Pupils can choose to send it anonymously, or if pupils want us to get back to them, they can leave their contact details. Whisper does not collect any information to identify a sender unless they choose to leave it.
Pupils can also an anonymous text by followinf the SMS instructions. Again Whisper will not store any personal information if pupils use this service.
Why do we think this is important?
For a variety of reasons young people often find it very difficult to report isseus at school. Offering an anonymous route may empowr them to raise concerns they may not have felt able to raise before. We know too that reporting can raise awareness of an issue across the school and things can cahnge because of that through discussion and education. Reporting someone who is bullying, for example, can very often focus attention on that person and change their behaviour.
What happens next?
We will be discussing Whisper with the pupils on a regular basis as part of our wider safeguarding education programme: how, why and when to use it. How it can provide a useful route for them to help safeguard themselves, their friends or the wider school community. This will take place through assemblies, circle time and PSHE lessons.
Links to Whisper can also be found on the ‘Pupils’ section of the website.
The Safeguarding Team.