Managing Drug Related Incidents
Parkfield Primary School
The Definition of a Drug Incident
A drug incident is one where there are suspicions, observations, disclosures or
discoveries of situations involving unauthorised drugs (legal or not). A drug
incident could fit into the following categories:
• Drugs or associated paraphernalia (such as lighters, matches, sniff able
products etc) are found on school premises;
• A pupil is found in possession of drugs or associated paraphernalia;
• A pupil is found to be a recognised source of supply of drugs on school
• A pupil is thought to be under the influence of drugs;
• A staff member has information that the illegitimate sale or supply of
drugs is taking place in the local area;
• A pupil discloses that they are misusing drugs or a family member/friend
is misusing drugs;
• A parent/carer member is thought to be under the influence of drugs on
the school premises
At Parkfield we are committed to tackling drug misuse among young people and
any incidents of possession, use or supply of illegal drugs on school premises will
be regarded with the utmost seriousness.
Procedures for Dealing with a Medical Emergency and Major Incident
In every case of an incident involving drugs the staff of Parkfield Primary School
will place the utmost priority on:
• Meeting any medical emergencies with First Aid;
• Summoning appropriate help.
The school has nominated First Aiders who will be called to help deal with a
substance-related medical emergency. Professional medical help will also be
The following staff are first aid trained:
• Lisa Davies;
• Gemma Lance;
• Dilys Schofield.
Whenever a search is carried out another adult must be present to witness
When a pupil is suspected of concealing unauthorized drugs IT IS NOT
PERMISSIBLE FOR A MEMBER OF STAFF TO CARRY OUT A
PERSONAL SEARCH. Every effort should be made to persuade the pupil to
voluntarily hand over any drugs. If a personal search is needed and the drug is
suspected of being illegal, the Police must be called to deal with the situation.
If drugs are thought to be located within a child’s personal property, such as a
bag, a search is not permitted without a child’s permission. A parent can
however be contacted and they may provide permission for staff to search a
child’s property within school.
However, staff may search school property, such as pupils’ desks or drawers, if
they have reasonable cause to believe it contains unlawful items, including illegal
PLEASE NOTE after any search parents/carers should be contacted by the
school, regardless of whether the result of the search is positive or negative.
Plan of Action if drugs are found
a) If any pupil is found in possession of an unauthorised drug, the substance
will be confiscated, in the presence of a witness and locked away in the
Head teacher’s office.
b) A record of the incident will be made and kept in the office.
c) The head teacher will be informed and will take the lead role in deciding
how to respond further.
d) We will contact the Health Education Unit (0121 303 8200) to inform
them and seek advice. This is in relation to talking to the media. No
member of staff should make comments to the media.
e) Parents/carers will normally be informed where appropriate with
consideration given to Child Protection Guidelines.
f) We will advise the parents/carers of additional support available such as,
Parents for Prevention (0121 200 2277) and HIAH (0121 616 6162)
g) If criminal behaviour is involved we will contact the schools’ Police
Liaison Officer who will provide confidential advice.
h) If a pupil is suspected of concealing illegal drugs (see searches section of
this policy) every effort will be made to secure the voluntary production
of such drugs. This will be carried out in the presence of a witness.
i) The range of sanctions used for rule breaking will be similar to those for
other transgressions and will depend upon the nature and gravity of the
offence. Exclusion will only be considered in serious cases and will be in
line with the national and regional guidance on exclusions.
j) If exclusion is likely the substance will be placed in a sealed container
with a written record of the response taken attached to it.
k) If exclusion is not likely the substance will be disposed of in consultation
with the Health Education Unit or the Police.
l) If any pupils are thought to be ‘under the influence’ medical help will be
sought at once and first aid given if required. The priority will be the
It is permitted by law for school staff to take temporary possession of a
substance suspected of being a controlled drug for the purposes of protecting a
pupil from harm and the offence of possession.
Identification and Confiscation and Disposal of illegal Drugs
The staff at Parkfield Primary School will confiscate drugs they suspect to be
illegal, store them securely in the head teacher’s office. An adult witness will be
present when confiscations occur and a record kept of the details. School staff
will not attempt to analyse or taste confiscated substances.
If requested Police can advise on analysis and formal identification. Pharmacies
can identify medicines.
The local Police will collect and dispose of drugs. The law does not require a
school to divulge to the Police the name of the pupil from whom the drugs were
confiscated. Where a pupil is identified the Police will follow set procedures.
Confiscation of other unauthorised Drugs
In the case of alcohol, tobacco, volatile substances Parents and carers should
always be informed and may be given the opportunity to collect any alcohol,
tobacco or medicines that have been confiscated.
However, because of the level of danger posed by volatile substances, such as
lighter fuel, glue or aerosols, Parkfield Primary School may arrange for their
safe disposal itself.
This policy will be reviewed annually in the light of any changes in the
classification of drugs, local issues, incidents, guidance and recommended
Policy last reviewed and updated – December 2007 by David Williams (PSHE