Guidelines for Use of Photographic and Video Images at Sporting Events Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport is committed to providing a safe environment for young people and vulnerable adults. Part of this commitment is to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to protect young people and vulnerable adults from the inappropriate use of their images in resource and media publications, on the internet and elsewhere. Photographs can be used as a means of identifying children and young people when they are accompanied with personal information, for example, this is X who is a member of Hometown Club who likes Westlife and supports Manchester United. This information can make a child vulnerable to an individual who may wish to start to "groom" that child for abuse. Secondly, the content of the photo can be used or adapted for inappropriate use. When assessing the potential risks in the use of images of players, the most important factor is the potential of inappropriate use of images of children. Key Concerns There have been concerns about the risks posed directly and indirectly to young people and vulnerable adults through the use of photographs on web sites and other publications. By adopting the points highlighted in these guidelines, we will be putting into place the best possible practice to protect children and young people wherever and whenever photographs and recorded images are taken and stored. These guidelines focus on the following key areas:   The publishing of photographic and/or recorded images of children and young people The use of photographic filming equipment at events The use of video equipment as a coaching aid   And adopt the following key principles:     The interests and welfare of children taking part in sport are paramount Parents, carers and children have a right to decide whether children’s images are to be taken, and how those images may be used Images should convey the best principles and aspects of sport, such as fairness and fun Care should be taken to ensure that images are not sexual or exploitative in nature, nor open to obvious misinterpretation and misuse    Images should only be taken by authorised persons, as agreed in the protocol for a particular event All images of children should be securely stored In the case of images used on web-sites, particular care must be taken to ensure that no identifying details facilitate contact with a child by a potential abuser Publishing Images - Easy Rules to Remember:      If the player is named, avoid using their photograph If a photograph is used, avoid naming the player. NEVER publish personal details (email addresses, telephone numbers, addresses etc) of a child/young person Only use images of players in suitable dress (Tracksuit, on court clothing i.e. T-shirt/shorts/skirt, off court clothing) to reduce the risk of inappropriate use Try to focus on the activity rather than a particular child and where possible use photographs that represent the broad range of children and young people taking part in sport. This might include: Boys and girls Ethnic minority communities Children and young people with disabilities Girls with hair covered e.g. baseball cap or a scarf Ensure that images reflect positive aspects of children’s involvement in sport (enjoyment/competition etc)  Use of Photographic Filming Equipment at Sports Events Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport does not want to prevent carers or other spectators being able to take legitimate photographs or video footage of competitors. However, there is evidence that certain individuals will visit sporting events to take inappropriate photographs or video footage of children and young people. Everyone should be vigilant about this possibility. Any concerns during an event should be reported to the Event organiser. Registration An application should be made to the event organiser who will issue an identification pass giving an individual the authority to take photographs or video footage of children and young people at a particular nominated event. Press and Official Photographers If you are commissioning a photographer or inviting the press to an event, it is important that they understand your expectations of them in relation to child protection. You should:       Inform players and carers that a photographer will be in attendance at an event Ensure that a system is introduced to ensure that press photographers are made aware of those people who have r

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