Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.
Each year in schools and communities across the United States, there are millions of youth who hurt themselves or others through verbal, physical and digital means. These behaviors can cause youth to experience emotional trauma and physical injury, mental health or wellness issues, stress, anxiety, and/or feelings of being unsafe. Too often the outcome results in self-harm, suicide or homicide.
the Crisis Center is solely responsible for triaging and forwarding the tip to local school and law enforcement officials to review and take action against. Therefore the responsibility related to mandated reporters of child abuse will remain and continue to lie with school staff or local law enforcement as well.
Tips are triaged by Analysts in the Office of the Attorney General Crisis Center. They triage each tip to ensure there is enough information to act upon the tip, determine if the tip is life safety or non-life safety as well as conduct on-going 2-way dialog with the tipster where needed.
All tips from a tipster are received and triaged by the Crisis Center at the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). Once information has been gathered by the Crisis Center, it is then sent electronically to the School / District Team and, as needed, local police to review and act upon. Schools / Districts will sign-in to the S2SS platform to access the tip on their phone or PC.
The Safe2Say Something program is state mandated by Act 44 of 2018 and requires all K-12 schools, school districts, charter schools, private schools, cyber charter schools, private schools, nonpublic schools, intermediate units, and area vocational-technical schools operating in Pennsylvania to participate.
Here’s how it works:
- Submit an anonymous tip report through the Safe2SaySomething system
- Tip Line: 1-844-SAF2SAY (723-2729)
- Website: https://www.safe2saypa.org/
- Crisis center reviews, assesses and processes all submissions
- Crisis center sends all submissions to school administration and/or law enforcement for intervention
- If needed, crisis center may contact tipster anonymously through the app