Searching, screening and confiscation

Departmental advice explaining the powers schools have to screen and search pupils and to confiscate items they find.



This departmental advice is for:

  • school leaders
  • school staff
  • governing bodies
  • local authorities

It applies to:

  • maintained schools
  • community schools
  • foundation schools
  • voluntary schools
  • community special schools
  • foundation special schools
  • academies and free schools
  • pupil referral units
  • non-maintained special schools

The advice covers:

  • powers to search without consent
  • prohibited items schools can search for
  • powers to confiscate items found during searches