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Last updated on 18 January 2018
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What is the government guidance on searching pupils? We refer to advice from the DfE on searching, screening and confiscation. We explain when a search can be conducted without consent and under what conditions. We also look at retaining, returning and disposing of items after a search.

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  1. DfE guidance
  2. Searching with a pupil's consent
  3. Searching without a pupil's consent
  4. During a search
  5. Retaining, returning and disposing of items
  6. Electronic devices
  7. Screening pupils
  8. Search powers do not violate human rights
  9. Weapons and other banned items: school examples

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