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Text2talk and Warwickshire Police

Warwickshire Police in partnership with Warwickshire County Council, Connexions Youth Service and Stagecoach in Warwickshire, has launched an service to support young victims of bullying and racial harassment - text2talk.

Throughout the country, bullying causes distress and anxiety to many children.  Victims often avoid reporting the problem because they feel uncomfortable about telling their teachers or family, or they fear reprisals.  By consulting with groups of young people about how best to report these incidents and acknowledging the fact that over 80% of young people now own or have use of a mobile phone.

The text2talk service has arrived.

Text2talk is a new mechanism where young people can text in a message to help them 'stand up to the bullies' without using traditional and face to face methods.

The young person texts in 07786 200 999 to report bullying or racial harassment If the incident is bullying, then bully is texted in, if the incident is racial harassment, then racist is texted in.  If the young person doesn't want any further contact with the partnership then, No is texted in.  If the person texting in the message wants help and support from the Warwickshire Partnership, then Yes is texted in.

The service is confidential.

The text message is received at Warwickshire Police headquarters where it is evaluated by a call handler working within the Communications Centre.  If the message is a Yes message then the message will be passed on to the appropriate partner agency to support and help the young person.  If the message is a No message, no further contact will be made.

Every message will receive an automated response immediately and any call back contact requested is guaranteed within five working days.

text2talk is being promoted at senior schools throughout the county and also by posters and marketing material distributed around the schools.

Within the community, details about text2talk will be displayed in police stations, libraries, doctors' surgeries, dentists' surgeries, on parish council notice boards and in community centres.

The Stagecoach Bus Service is also displaying posters on their buses for the next two years, free of charge.

The service has been set up following a successful bid by Warwickshire Police for a Home Office grant of 105,000 to provide support for young people suffering this type of victimisation.  An additional grant of 40,000 was received from the local Positive About Young People group and Warwickshire Police have contributed 40,000.

The Warwickshire Partnership includes Warwickshire Police, Warwickshire County Council, Positive About Young People, Connexions Youth Service and Stagecoach in Warwickshire.

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