U-Report is an anonymous messaging service that allows young people to speak out on issues that matter to them. © Shutterstock

U-Report in the UK

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Last year we launched U-Report in the UK, part of a global online and mobile platform for young people to speak out on what matters to them. The answers and opinions they provide are being used by decision-makers to bring about change.

How does U-Report work?

If you’re 13-25 you can sign up by messaging JOIN to U-Report on Facebook or by following @UReportUK on Twitter. To register you’ll just need to answer a few simple questions.

Once you sign up, you’ll receive weekly poll questions on a range of issues, which they can respond to on your phone or computer. When you respond, your answers will appear instantly on U-Report’s UK website, which collates and showcases the views of young people across the country. It means you can see your answers in real time, and see how your friends are responding.

U-Report is free, anonymous and easy to use.

Through U-Report, you will be able to add your voice to campaigns on things like protecting unaccompanied refugee children in the UK to how you feel about online safety. As we continue to grow, you will also be able to hold decision-makers to account and have your say on policies that affect you by giving local authorities feedback on services or their policies. There’ll even be opportunities for U-Reporters to come together and set the weekly poll question, allowing you to gather information to support your own campaigning on issues you care about.

The pilot is being run alongside a steering group of young people ©Unicef UK

The pilot is being run alongside a steering group of young people. Photo: Unicef UK

I really enjoyed being involved in U-report - getting to spread positivity around the UK and exploring other young people's feedback towards it.

I think that its really important young people have a voice. Because young people are the future generation of tomorrow and as technology advances so do the minds of the new.

Fabien, UK U-Reporter

How has U-Report helped young people around the world?

U-Report was first launched by Unicef Uganda in 2011. Since then, nearly 3 million young people have started using it in 32 countries around the world.

U-Report has already helped to change the lives of children and young people. In Liberia U-Reporters helped expose a “Sex for Grades” scandal. Working with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Gender, we used U-Report to highlight how some teachers in Liberia were exploiting children by awarding grades or pass marks in return for sex. We asked U-Reporters if they believed this was an issue and in less than 24 hours, 13,000 people had responded, with the vast majority (86%) saying they believed this was a problem in their school.

After the poll, all participating U-Reporters were told how to report abuse. The Ministry of Gender provided a helpline number for children, offering advice and support; it was inundated with calls. The same week, Unicef staff met the Minister of Education in Liberia to discuss the results and make a plan to address the issue. They’re now working together to improve child protection in schools.

U-Report in the UK

We’re running a pilot of U-Report, with the help and advice of young people and other youth organisations, to test how U-Report can be of greatest benefit to you. We hope to engage thousands of young people in this live test period, giving them an opportunity to try out U-Report and feedback on its role in the longer term.

Already, we’ve been using the views of young people to influence decisions in the UK and beyond. We worked with the NSPCC to use U-Report to find out young people’s views on online safety, taking into account their everyday digital experiences. We asked what young people do when they don’t feel safe online, what they want to change about the online world, and why they think it’s so important to take action now. These responses will be incorporated in a policy briefing NSPCC will submit at the next stage of the Lords’ consideration of the Digital Economy Bill.

Read more about our findings on digital safety

Become a U-Reporter today!

If you’re 13-25 join U-Report now by messaging the word JOIN to U-Report UK on Facebook, or by following us on Twitter @UReportUK

There are over 80,000 young people using U-Report in Liberia ©Unicef

There are over 80,000 young people using U-Report in Liberia, where the platform helped expose a "sex for grades" scandal. Photo: Unicef