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Implementing a School Tip Line? New Research Provides a Blueprint

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National Institute of Justice
This article details a school safety tip line toolkit offers a blueprint for those who are considering developing a tip line as an approach to preventing violence, self-harm, and other disorders.
School safety tip lines allow users to report threats and problems confidentially within a school system. An NIJ-supported research team from RTI International created a toolkit to advise school community stakeholders how to implement school tip lines and offer guidance on their sustainable operation. This article details how this toolkit offers a blueprint for educators, law enforcement professionals, community leaders, and school safety experts who are considering developing tip lines as a possible approach to preventing violence, self-harm, and other disorders. The team noted that more research is being done to better gauge the impact of tip lines on school safety and to develop tip line plans tailored to different school settings. As the researchers pointed out, “Tip lines are promising, but much is still unknown about their effectiveness.”
Date Created: June 28, 2020