Is it legal for a headteacher to take a secondary school student’s phone and read his messages that he has written to his mum without the child’s agreement? | Lawhive - Solicitors & Lawyers Online
Is it legal for a headteacher to take a secondary school student’s phone and read his messages that he has written to his mum without the child’s agreement?
Hi Is it legal for a headteacher to take a secondary school student’s phone and read his messages that he has written to his mum without the child’s agreement? Thank you.

Carrie Greenberg

8th April 2022

Top Answer
NQ what was the reason the phone was taken? If there is a concern of safeguarding issues etc then they may check them before calling appropriate authorities such as social services or police. You will have signed ab agreement when then child started the school that will have likely covered this. Also how old is child as over 11 ish and gillick competent if rhey consented that's enough even if the child has then told you they didn't consent. Best person to speak to is the Head teacher. Take someone with you to take notes/keep you calm and ask What triggered it Why was it needed Did child consent What else was viewed What probable cause did they have for looking at the messages etc. If you aren't happy with the response then you need to file a complaint with the governors but you do need to see head first

Jeanne Metts

8th April 2022

Nq I speak to the teacher her their side of what happened

Dorthy Vento

8th April 2022

3 upvotes

NQ, off topic. But would like to know whether this is or isn't allowed. As when I was at school almost 20 years ago a teacher made a student empty his bag in the middle of class as a friend had given him a gift in the lesson and the teacher want to know what it was. Another occasion, the teacher made a student read out the last page of their diary as they were reading or writing in it duing a lesson. Also during an exam somebodies phone went off, every student was searched on way out, and everybody who had a phone had to show their last calls/messages to the teachers. If something like this had happened to my child I would have just ignored it.

Gabriella Wallace

8th April 2022

NQ. - this may give you a heads up of what they can and can’t do to some degree. https:// assets.publishin g.service.gov.u k/government/ uploads/system/ uploads/ attachment_data/ file/674416/ Searching_screen ing_and_confisc ation.pdf

Rachel Schmidt

8th April 2022

1 upvote

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