School safeguarding provider shortlisted in national Digital Leaders Impact Award for its pioneering education tech

A pioneering tech provider dedicated to safeguarding in schools through its revolutionary platform has been announced as a finalist for the prestigious Digital Leaders Impact Awards.


Safeguarding specialist, imabi, which provides first of its kind technology, has been shortlisted in the Education Tech category in the UK-wide Impact Awards.


Now in their 8th year, the awards recognise digital innovations that positively impact society and the environment.


imabi’s Inspire platform, which is part of the wider imabi ecosystem that includes the British Transport Police’s award-winning Railway Guardian app, is already being used by 20,000 students across a host of UK schools.


The technology’s innovative approach to school safeguarding has garnered attention for its effectiveness and potential to significantly improve safety and wellbeing within educational settings.


Centred on helping schools gain a better understanding of their culture, the platform, imabi Inspire, is designed to make students feel safer and better represented. Offering named or anonymous reporting to flag inappropriate behaviours (including from staff as well as fellow students), the chance to provide feedback via surveys, targeted guidance from trusted sources, as well as acting as a portal for essential school information – it’s an ‘all in one place’ safeguarding resource.


Underlining its impact, Stephanie Gibson, Deputy Head at Barking Abbey School which uses the platform, said: “Shortly after implementing imabi, Ofsted came for an inspection. They were highly impressed with how we were encouraging students to report their safety concerns and recognised that traditional methods like emails or a library suggestion box are now obsolete. Our substantial progress did not go unnoticed, and they commended our forward-thinking approach.”


The award shortlisting recognises the impact the imabi Inspire platform is having within education settings as it seeks to make a genuine difference to student wellbeing.


Commenting on the awards’ shortlisting, Mark Balaam, Founder and CEO of imabi, said: “It’s a genuine honour to be shortlisted for the Digital Leaders Impact Award. Our approach is centred on making a positive impact and driving change for societal good, so the sentiment of the awards fits hand in glove with our ethos. We’re incredibly proud to be making a difference in schools – and to receive recognition for it is fantastic.”


The Impact Awards celebrate organisations and individuals using digital products and services to drive meaningful change in communities and the world around us. imabi’s inclusion as a finalist highlights its exceptional contributions to the field of education technology and its commitment to fostering a safer and more secure learning environment for all.


The winners of the Digital Leaders Impact Awards will be announced at a ceremony in March 2024. In addition to category winners, a People’s Choice Award will be determined by community vote, adding an exciting element of engagement to the event.


Other brands shortlisted in the awards include the City of Westminster, the Met Office, the Home Office and the NHS.


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