Changes to guidance from September 2022
The DfE reviewed and updated its guidance on searching, screening and confiscation.
This followed the publication of the Safeguarding Practice Review report on the case of Child Q, where a pupil was strip-searched without parental consent at school. The Safeguarding Practice Review highlighted the need to put safeguarding at the centre of every school's approach to handling searches.
The updated DfE guidance places a bigger emphasis on your safeguarding duty. This includes:
- Which staff members can search pupils
- Recording certain searches in your school’s safeguarding system
- What you should do before, during and after a search
- Guidance on strip searches and supporting the pupil afterwards
- The importance of staff understanding the rights of the pupil being searched
See below for a summary of the guidance.
The need to safeguard all pupils by confiscating harmful, illegal, or disruptive