Taking photographs at your YAC sessions can be a real delight, capturing memories for everyone and helping you promote the YAC. However, care must be taken when using photographs of children: following the guidance below will help to safeguard the children and you.
- Only take and publish photographs of children if the children and their parents/carers have given their written consent.
- The YAC Membership Form asks for this and explains how photographs will be used.
- Do not use children’s full names or other detailed information about them in photograph captions.
- Only use images of children in suitable dress to reduce the risk of inappropriate use.If a professional photographer is attending your sessions, make sure your expectations of them are clear.
- Give them a copy of the Code of Conduct and make sure they know if any of the children are not to be photographed.
- Do not allow photographers to be alone with children.
- Find out how the photographer will store and use the photographs and let your members’ parents/carers know.
- Do not arrange for any photography sessions with a child outside of your sessions.
- Store photographs securely, in the same way that you store members’ personal details. See Record Keeping.
- If you have any concerns about how photographs are being taken, stored or used at your club, please report them to the Designated Safeguarding Officer at YAC HQ.