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Photography Guidelines

Introduction

 

The Parish Council recognises the need to manage the manner in which images of children and young people are used on East Brent Parish Council Website. For the purposes of this policy document East Brent Parish Council Website (The Website) includes all images displayed on www.eastbrentparishcouncil.org.uk and any sub domains of that website.

 

The Parish Council recognises that it has a duty of care to ensure that the child's welfare as well as their right to privacy are protected.

 

The Parish Council also recognises the importance of ensuring that The Website is an inclusive space, which accurately reflects the demographic of the parish in terms of gender, age, race and disability.

 

Children and Young people form an important part of our community and in reporting and representing events within the village, images of children and young people maybe displayed on The Website provided that the child's welfare and right to privacy are protected.

 

The Law

 

The Protection of Children Act 1978 and section 160 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 make it an offence to make, distribute, show, or advertise indecent photographs of children

 

Photographs and visual images are regarded as personal data under The Data Protection Act. Under The Data Protection Act personal data must be fairly obtained, it must be accurate, kept up to date and should be kept and used only for one or more specified lawful purposes.

 

There is no specific legal constraint on taking photographs or displaying photographs of children and young people so long as the photographs are taken in a public place and are NOT sexual in nature and the child's welfare and right to privacy are properly protected.

 

Guidelines

 

GENERAL

  1. The Parish Council will maintain a record of who supplies images displayed on the website.

  2. Images of Children and Young People supplied to The Parish Council will be used only for the purpose for which they were provided and for no other purpose.

  3. Copyright and Ownership of all Photographs remains with the photographer.

  4. Photographs must be supplied by the photographer or a person supplying them with the permission of the photographer, unless the photographs are in the public domain.

  5. No Photographs or images shall be permitted that are of a sexual or indecent nature.

 

PARENTAL CONSENT

  1. Parental Consent must be provided for any photographs of children taken within a private environment. A private environment is one which is not ordinarily open to members of the general public.

  2. Photographs of children taken within a public place do not require Parental Consent. A public place is one that is open to the general public at all or most times.

  3. The Parish Council will remove all photographs of young people and children from the Website when requested to do so by the parents or guardians as soon as practically possible.

 

WELFARE OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

  1. When images of children young people are used, care should be taken not to identify the child. We would recommend that the name of the child is not identified with the photograph and where a name is used it should be a first name only.

  2. A child's name maybe used in full, accompanying a photograph, where the photograph illustrates an acknowledgement of that child, for instance an award ceremony. Where a child's name is used Parental Consent should be obtained regardless of whether it is a public or private location.

  3. Images will not be passed to third parties.

  4. Images of children who are vulnerable will not be used.

  5. Images likely to cause embarrassment or upset to a child will not be used.

  6. Images of children and young people will only be used where they are properly dressed appropriate to the activity depicted.