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Searching pupils and confiscation

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

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