Pupils: Weapons

Department for Education written question – answered on 17 April 2023.

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Photo of Paulette Hamilton Paulette Hamilton Labour, Birmingham, Erdington

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an estimate of the number of (a) occasions that schools in Birmingham, Erdington constituency have screened pupils using metal detectors and (b) weapons that have been recovered as a result of screening pupils in each of the last five years.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Department does not collect data on how many schools use screening or how many weapons are collected as a result of screening.

The Department updated its guidance, ‘Searching, screening and confiscation’, in July 2022.

Headteachers are encouraged to consult with local police who may be able to advise on whether installation of screening devices is appropriate. Any weapons that are found as a result of screening or a search must be passed to the police.

Schools are advised that any search for a prohibited item by a member of staff or police officers should be recorded in the school’s safeguarding reporting system. This allows the designated safeguarding lead to identify possible risks and initiate a safeguarding response if required.

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