The safety and well-being of our students is something that BCHS with Crosshill strives hard to ensure and are we continue to work hard to provide ways to help you tell us if you or your family have any school problems or worries e.g. bullying, peer issues, schoolwork.
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 you can report to BCHS. That goes a long way in helping us create the safe and reliable environment for your child that you expect our school to be.
We understand too that sometimes, coming into school to tell us about these issues can not always be an easy thing to do. Time? Arranging an appointment? Speaking with staff? Sometimes it can be a subject that you need to bring to our attention without wanting to identify yourself, but that you feel we need to know, particularly if it involves a student’s well-being.
That’s why we have launched Whisper on the BCHS website, an anonymous reporting service for pupils, families and the local community that allows you to send a message or text to a confidential school email account where staff experienced in responding to issues will receive it.
|Please use this link to report any concerns that effect you or someone you know. You don’t need to give your name, it is anonymous. Whisper FAQ|
How does it work?
Clicking on the Whisper button on our site will take you to an online form where you can leave your message. You can choose to send it anonymously or, if you want us to get back to you, you can leave your contact details. Whisper does not collect any information to identify a sender unless they choose to leave it.
You can also send an anonymous text starting with our school code BLA to 07860 021 584. Again, Whisper will not store any personal information if you use this service.
Why do we think this is important?
For a variety of reasons, such as being classed as a “grass”, or mistrust of how their concerns will be handled, young people often find it very difficult to report issues at school. Offering an anonymous route may empower 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 change because of that through discussion and education. Reporting someone who is bullying, for example, can very often focus attention on that person and is sometimes enough to change their behaviour.
Whilst your report may not always get the solution you want to see, reporting bad behaviours can often stop them from happening to others. If people know their unacceptable behaviour will be reported they are less likely to do it and this can have a positive effect across the whole school.
What happens next?
Over the next few weeks we will be discussing Whisper with the students 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. Whisper is active on our website now.
If you have any questions about the service then please contact Mr I Stewart at BCHS with Crosshill.
We thank you for your continued support and comments. With that support, we are confident we can build a positive school community in which you and your family play such an important and valuable role.