- Independent Schools
- Searches & Drug Testing
- Starting a New School
- Withholding Reports
|Searches & Drug Testing|
Can an independent school conduct random searches of learners?
Random searches of individuals are prohibited. Searches of learners can only be carried out by persons of the same gender as part of a structured intervention in a decent and orderly manner, if there is reasonable suspicion that the learner is in possession of a prohibited substance.
Should a search be necessary, it should take place in the presence of the learner concerned, a person of their choice to support them and a second adult witness of the same gender.
Can an independent school conduct random drug testing of learners?
Random drug testing is prohibited. Drug testing should be used where there is reasonable suspicion that a child is using drugs. Testing must be implemented as part of a structured intervention or relapse prevention programme in an environment that is committed to safeguarding personal rights relating to privacy, dignity and bodily integrity according to school policy, medical/treatment procedures and ethical guidelines.
The results of the testing cannot be made public but can be shared with the child’s parent or guardian. The prescribed instruments should be used and relevant procedures followed.
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