If I use the ‘Report Anonymously’ button, is my report truly anonymous?
Yes. When you make an anonymous report, we cannot find out your name, contact details, or any identifying information, or locate where the report came from.
We do not include any free-text boxes where you could accidentally make yourself or others identifiable. By limiting the data we gather, we ensure that you can report anonymously with confidence that you will not be identified.
This means that if you use the ‘Report Anonymously’ button we will not be able to contact you to discuss your report in more detail.
Why can’t I enter more details of my experience in anonymous reporting?
For your report to be anonymous we cannot collect any information that could be identifiable. If we included areas where reporters could write detailed descriptions of incidents there is the risk that information is shared with us that is identifying. In that case, the data you provide would no longer be truly anonymous.
We also need to ensure that where details are provided, we are able to take action to support and safeguard the reporter and other members of the community. If we included areas where reporters could write more detailed descriptions, there is a risk that they might describe immediate risks to themselves or others which we would have no way of safeguarding or supporting with.
We encourage reporters who need support, or who would like to share identifying details of other people to use the ‘Speak to an advisor’ option. This option allows us to fully assess the reporter’s needs, safeguard the reporter and our community, and support with any immediate needs.
What will you do with my anonymous report?
We review all reports within two working days of receiving them and use them to shape and inform university and city-wide prevention and engagement activities. We work with colleagues across the University and key community partners to take action to prevent future incidents, or to develop communications strategies which increase awareness of reported incidents.
Why do you ask me questions about my gender, race or ethnicity, religious beliefs and sexuality?
We use this data to understand who is using Report and Support. Understanding this helps us develop preventative strategies and to make access to our service equitable.
We report this data anonymously to the Changing the Culture Working Group and Race Equality Self-Assessment Team. These groups hold us accountable and ensure that we continue to challenge inequalities and inequities in our service.