Core Components of the Safe2Tell Model
The goal of the Safe2Tell model is to make sure that every student, parent, teacher, and community member has access to a safe and anonymous way to report any concerns about their safety or the safety of others. The ten Core Components of the Safe2Tell model, implemented in totality, provide a framework for a sucessful program.
1) Prevention & Intervention Focus
Safe2Tell was founded on the idea that prevention and early intervention are critical to preventing violence, saving lives and helping hurting kids. Safe2Tell operates best when it is part of a broader approach to school safety and violence prevention that focuses on creating a positive school culture and climate that encourages bystander reporting.
Schools should encourage the use of Safe2Tell by fostering bystander reporting and good communication in all directions – empowering students and staff to know that they are an important part of the solution.
2) Live, 24/7 Law Enforcement Answering Point
- Safe2Tell offers a trustworthy 24/7 answering point for schools, students, teachers, parents, and community members to report anonymously safety concerns.
- The Safe2Tell resource provides individuals with access to a live-trained communications professional able to engage in two-way dialogue and receive tips through calls, web-reports, and phone apps that are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Safe2Tell tips received through the 24/7 Law Enforcement Answering Point are acknowledged through time stamp reports and investigated by the local school personnel and local law enforcement, as required.
- Protecting the tip reporter’s anonymity is critical to the success of Safe2Tell. Anonymity offers emotional and physical safety to the reporters of information.
- In Colorado’s implementation of Safe2Tell, Colorado State law protects the tip reporter’s anonymous identity.
4) Accountability and Follow-up Practices
- Established methods for follow-up and accountability on every tip ensure that the Safe2Tell reporting system is trustworthy. All Safe2Tell tips are acknowledged through time-stamped reports and investigated by school personnel, mental health professionals, and local law enforcement, as needed.
- Investigation findings are reported via Disposition Reports and returned to the appropriate state or community resources in a timely manner with documented resolution.
5) Training and Education
- Consistent training and technical assistance is essential to support the effective use of Safe2Tell. This includes training of responders, law enforcement, school staff and teams, students and parents.
- It is recommended that all levels of school staff be aware of Safe2Tell, why it is important for students, and how it works.
- School and community leaders should teach students and parents/guardians to take every threat or safety concern seriously, and to report their concerns in a way that keeps them safe.
6) Quality Assurance Procedures and Policies
- Quality assurance procedures are essential to the effective implementation of Safe2Tell.
- Developing a system of checks and balances, distribution controls, and adherence to policies and directives ensures the fidelity and quality of the Safe2Tell model.
7) Adherence Strength Based Messaging for Public Communication Campaigns
- Public communication campaigns use organized set of communication activities and messages to generate specific outcomes in a large number of individuals as an attempt to shape behavior toward desirable social outcomes.
- Effective Safe2Tell messaging resonates with youth to elicit action through messages of empowerment and engagement.
- Safe2Tell messages and marketing campaigns should always be positive, focusing on the strengths rather than the weaknesses of youth, to enhance confidence in making appropriate decisions and report concerns.
8) Local Jurisdiction Partnership and Response
- Safe2Tell serves as a resource for schools and law enforcement when dealing with an issue regarding school safety, youth violence and dangerous behaviors, prevention initiatives, and best practices. Safe2Tell has established relationships with local level schools, staff, partner agencies, and law enforcement providing each one with support and assistance ensuring effective participation.
- When a school receives a Safe2Tell report, they have pre-identified a team of professionals who assist with intervention and connect to the right resources. Safe2Tell maintains current contact information for teams at the school level who are notified when a tip is received and respond appropriately to the concern in the tip report.
- Multidisciplinary teams acknowledge the receipt of the tip report, respond to the concern through interventions and interruptions of behavior, and report the outcome through the disposition process.
9) Technology Platform
- Safe2Tell Colorado uses a unique and highly sophisticated database software program that allows for the capturing, distributing and tracking of intel in a singular system for the entire state.
- Safe2Tell Colorado tip reporting platform incorporates web and app reporting options, allowing reporting parties to upload photos and social media posts that aid law enforcement in conducting thorough investigations.
10) Trademark Usage
- Trust in the anonymity and process of reporting by reporters, students, schools and communities have reflected positively on the Safe2Tell brand and trademark.
- The trademark brand and name Safe2Tell is owned exclusively by Colorado Department of Law and may be granted for use by the owner.