Schools are required by law to have behaviour and safeguarding policies. Schools should record and deal with incidents according to those policies and are held to account for how they do so by Ofsted. The Department for Education’s statutory safeguarding guidance, ‘Keeping children safe in education’ (September 2016), is clear that if staff have any concerns about a child, or think that the child is in danger, they should speak to the school’s designated safeguarding lead.
The Department’s ‘Preventing and Tackling Bullying’ guidance (July 2017) sets out that some types of harassing or threatening behaviour or communications could constitute a criminal offence. When school staff feel that an offence may have been committed, they should seek assistance from the police.