Child Protection Act

  babybell 13:30 16 Feb 06
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This will seem a bit off topic but i've been looking for information regarding website content and what is allowed/not allowed in regards to minors so i thought i'd ask you guys to see if any of you know. Basically I run a website for the local rugby team and they have a under 16's youth team. The coach has asked if we can add a player profile to the site but i am concerned as to what the laws are regarding names and photos of under 16's are. Some people have said photos are fine, but we can't put names next to the faces, others have said we can't do it and others have said anything is fine is parents have given permission. Does anyone know the actual law regarding this. Thank you

  lotvic 13:39 16 Feb 06

thought I better put it here as well

click here

quote """Using images
Including images of pupils on the school website can be motivating for the pupils involved and provide a good opportunity to promote the work of the school. It is important to balance the potential risks of including images of pupils on the website against the design principles of creating colourful, attractive and relevant pages, as the school, heads and governors would do with any publication.

Schools need to develop a policy in relation to the use of images of pupils on the school website. The head and governors will need to make decisions about the type of images they consider suitable and that appropriately represent the school. They will want to ensure that parents support their policy. Further guidance may also be available from the local education authority (LEA).

When assessing the potential risks in the use of images of pupils, the most important factor is the potential of inappropriate use of images of children. Considerations include:

* Ask for parental permission before using images of pupils, whether on the school website or elsewhere. This ensures that parents are aware of the way an image of their child is representing the school. A parental consent form is one way of achieving this.

* Avoid using the first name and last name of individuals in a photograph. This reduces the risk of inappropriate, unsolicited attention from people outside school. An easy rule to remember is:
o If the pupil is named, avoid using their photograph.
o If a photograph is used, avoid naming the pupil.

* Consider using group photos rather than photos of individual children.

* Ensure that the image file is appropriate named – do not use pupil names in image filenames or Alt tags.

* Only use images of pupils in suitable dress to reduce the risk of inappropriate use.

* Create a recognised procedure for reporting the use of inappropriate images to reduce the risks to pupils."""
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  bremner 14:53 16 Feb 06

What lotvic has posted are the recommended guidelines. As far as the law is concerned that is a different matter.

'Illegal' indecent images are those that depict children in an obscene or explicit manner. click here

  dmc727 17:54 16 Feb 06

This is the good practice advice the Government give to school teachers and will no doubt be a good guide to be applied by organised groups………

Official images, for want of a better title, are covered here:

“advise that the photographs and video images of pupils and staff are classed as personal data under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998……such images for school publicity purposes will require the consent of either the individual concerned or in the case of pupils, their legal guardians.

This means that school should not display images of pupils or staff on websites, in publications or in a public place without such consent.”


Further info:click here

PS: Photos taken by parents etc is a separate issue - as is the area of the law dealing with the criminal law on the publishing of child abuse images. IMHO.
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  Forum Editor 18:39 16 Feb 06

governing publication of photos and/or names on web sites, other than the data-protection constraints mentioned by dmc727. In all cases, the person who took the photograph will hold the copyright (unless other arrangements have been made) and technically you should obtain the copyright-holder's consent before publication.

In the case of an identifiable minor you should also obtain the consent of a parent or legal guardian before you do it, but that's all.

Obscene images are totally different, and we needn't concern ourselves with the legal aspects of those here.

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