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Parents and young people generally welcome opportunities to celebrate or publicise their involvement and achievements when taking part in sport by photographing children at events. Sports organisations may also want to promote their activities to encourage participation. The CPSU does not advocate the banning of photography or the use of images and videos of children.
This guidance will help you ensure you're taking all necessary steps to protect children and young people from the inappropriate use of their images in resources and media publications, on the internet and elsewhere.
What are the risks? Even if personal details are kept confidential, other details identifying the sports organisation, school or club, or their favourite sportsperson or team, can also be used to groom the child.
Sports bodies' use of photos and videos Using images of young people for publication, promotion or coaching Sports organisations and clubs benefit from using images of young participants to promote and celebrate activities, events and competitions. However, the use of photos and videos on websites and social media, and in posters, the press or other publications, can pose direct and indirect risks to children and young people if not managed correctly.
Organisations wishing to use or permit the use of images of children involved in their activities must therefore have a policy in place to safeguard them. You'll also need to consider whether parental permission for photography should be sought, and take storage and privacy considerations and additional concerns about talented young athletes into account.
There must be a safeguarding procedure in place to ensure that reported concerns are dealt with in the same way as any other child-protection issue. Ensure that your club or event organiser, or lead child protection or safeguarding officer is informed. Concerns about professional photographers should also be reported to their employers.
If there are concerns or suspicions about potentially criminal behaviour this should include referral to the police.
In these circumstances, organisers should make clear to all participants and parents that these kinds of images will be taken, and for what purposes. What to do when parental consent is not given Organisers have a responsibility to put in place arrangements to ensure that any official or professional photographers can identify or be informed about which children should not be subject to close-up photography.
Secure storage of images Images or video recordings of children must be kept securely: If you're storing and using photographs to identify children and adults for official purposes — such as identity cards — ensure you comply with the legal requirements for handling personal information.
Talented young athletes As young athletes progress up the competitive ladder, their sporting success can lead to an increased public profile: However, organisers retain their duty of care to these athletes and a responsibility to safeguard them.
They must ensure that the athletes and their parents consent to images being taken and what information will be published alongside them. In addition, athletes, their parents and media representatives need to be clear about appropriate arrangements and ground rules for interviews, and for filming and photo sessions.
Sports organisations should help to manage these issues as part of their overall support of elite athletes.
Use of CCTV in leisure facilties If a leisure facility intends to use a live video stream of leisure activities for parents to spectate, which is displayed in public areas, facilities should make sure that: Organisations responsible for sports and activity events must have a photography policy and procedures in place to safeguard children.
As part of their planning process, they'll need to factor in any additional facility or venue policies, as well as determine what stance to take on when photography by the public is allowed.
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