Last reviewed on 16 August 2022
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Find out what to look for in an emergency lockdown procedure to keep everyone safe in the event of an incident. Ask the right questions to review it effectively.

Key points to look out for

Your school isn't legally required to have a security lockdown procedure or policy.

However, the law requires employers to take steps to reduce or eliminate risks to health and safety, including security risks. If you're a maintained school, your local authority might have its own requirements. If you're an academy, your trust might do so.

Your school leaders could create a security lockdown plan to help them manage risks, or for particular high-risk scenarios where a lockdown would be needed. This could include:

Your insurance provider could also require a procedure to be in