Last reviewed on 19 July 2022
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If you're reviewing your school's CCTV policy, know key points to look out for as well as questions you could ask to challenge the policy. See our model policy, as well as examples from other schools, for further guidance.

No requirement to have a CCTV policy

There's no legislation that says you need this policy, although you may choose to have 1 to set out how you'll use any CCTV cameras in school.

Under the UK GDPR, you will need to include details of any CCTV usage in your privacy notices where relevant, but these are the only documents it must be mentioned in.

Consider these key points 

Below we suggest what could be included in a CCTV policy but, since it’s non-statutory, there's room for variation.

It’s not meant as a guide for writing a policy, since that’s your school leaders’ job, but use it to give you a sense of what to look out for when reviewing it.

Aims and objectives

The purpose of the CCTV system, such as to:  Make members of the school community feel safe Deter criminality in the school Assist police to deter and detect crime What the CCTV system will not be used