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Use of reasonable force and searching for weapons

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This guidance is intended to support schools, local authorities and their partners in providing a safe environment for children and young people.

It is split into 2 sections.

Use of reasonable force

The power to use reasonable force was introduced by the Education Act 1996 (external link). Section 1 advises on the use reasonable force, including:

  • helping school staff understand what the law means for them in practical terms
  • reducing the risk that force may be used inappropriately
  • providing advice on good practice.

Searching for weapons

Schools were granted the power to search pupils for weapons without their consent in by the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 (external link). Section 2 provides information on screening and searching pupils for weapons, including scope of powers.