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Help managing critical incidents in schools

We have a range of advice and guidance to assist schools in creating a critical incident management plan in case of a difficult situation.

Although it is not possible to prepare in detail for every situation it’s essential to have a general plan to hand which outlines the steps that need to be taken. It is not a statutory requirement to have a School Critical Incident Plan, but Lincolnshire County Council strongly advises schools to draw up a plan for the unexpected, regularly review its contents and maintain training for staff.

A critical incident may be defined as any sudden and unexpected incident or sequence of events which causes trauma within a school community and which overwhelms the normal coping mechanisms of that school. These incidents that affect schools could be:

  • sudden death of pupil or member of staff
  • disappearance of a pupil or member of staff
  • death or injury of a pupil or staff member on a school outing
  • severe injury to pupil or staff member as a result of road traffic accident
  • serious assault on pupil or staff member in school
  • violent/disturbed intruder on school premises during school day
  • serious damage to school building or property through fire, flood or vandalism
  • an incident which affects access/egress for the school
  • civil disturbance, or terrorism in local community
  • a more widespread emergency in the community for example, the release of hazardous substances, severe weather etc.
  • pupil or member of staff with contagious illness
  • immediate evacuation of the school with no likelihood of return for a number of hours
  • death or serious injury of someone within close proximity of the school

You can find out how to manage any of these issues and more in the downloadable document below.


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Last updated: 4 October 2016

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