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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 July 2007, 10:40 GMT 11:40 UK
Pupils get 'school crimestoppers'
Bullying generic
Bullying is one of the problems that can be tackled
Children are being given the chance to anonymously report crime and other problems in their schools through a special computer system.

Pupils logging on to the Sharp System website can voice concerns about issues like bullying, hate crime and knives via an online form or text message.

The pilot project, running in five Liverpool schools, has had 9,000 hits in its first few weeks of operation.

It is hoped schools across the city will sign up to the scheme.

Sharp - which stands for the School Help Advice Reporting Page - was developed in conjunction with Merseyside Police.

It's a chance for the students to help themselves and it is opening them up - we're surprised how much
Paul Maloney, designer

Dubbed "a children's version of crimestoppers", it also contains information about problems affecting children in schools.

Five schools in the south of the city - Gateacre, Parklands, New Heys, Shorefields and Childwall - are currently linked to the site.

Schools use the information to monitor those named and respond to incidents as they would if they were reported in person.

Site designer Paul Maloney said feedback had been received from more than 600 pupils who found it useful.

"The aim of the site is to make schools a happier place for students and to get them to tell schools what is going wrong," said Mr Maloney.

"It's a chance for the students to help themselves and it is opening them up - we're surprised how much."


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