Pupils with challenging behaviour: risk assessments and guidance

Complete a risk assessment as early as possible to get support for the child and keep other pupils and staff safe. Download our template and use our prompts to help complete it.

Last reviewed on 25 January 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Decide if you need a risk assessment
  2. Download our risk assessment template
  3. Use a specialist risk assessment for pupils who may self-harm

Decide if you need a risk assessment

Make this decision together with staff members who have regular contact with the pupil. Once you've decided a risk assessment is needed, carry it out as early as possible - having a risk assessment in place will make it easier to access the help the pupil needs.

Consider a risk assessment if:

  • A pupil's behaviour poses a risk of injury or harm to themselves or members of the school community
  • A pupil displays challenging behaviour on a continuous basis
  • Use of your existing behaviour policy has had little effect

Guiding principles for conducting a risk assessment:

Ofsted visits - a risk assessment can help