Produced in response to the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) jointly agreed guidance document Crime Recording by Police Officers Working in Schools.
The document addresses the key issue that managing behavioural incidents in school is the responsibility of school managers and staff in the first instance although police may become involved later. The document aims to build on the memorandum of understanding that exists between Kent Police and schools; preventing where possible the criminalisation of young people and ensuring schools are safe and secure environments. The document refers to any incident that could be construed as a crime. If an incident is a racial incident then schools should follow existing KCC policy on managing racial incidents. If the incident is or may be related to child protection then existing child protection procedures must be followed. Incidents involving substance misuse should be dealt with in accordance with KCC’s Drug Incident Management policy.