There has been much speculation about who is allowed to take pictures of children (Under 18s) playing sport and in particular what parents/ carers are permitted to do.
To clarify, The FA actively encourages carers, coaches, spectators, players and local media to take appropriate images of children in football.
It is important to remember that the majority of images taken are appropriate and taken in good faith and that:
The issues that we must avoid are:
To help to ensure the safety of children in football we must not:
1. Publish photographs with the full name(s) of the individual(s) featured unless we have written consent to do so and have informed the parents as to how the image will be used.
2. Use player profiles with pictures and detailed personal information on our website.
3. Use an image for something other than originally agreed e.g. other than photos for parents, club website, local press.
4. Allow images to be recorded in changing rooms, showers or toilets – this includes the use of mobile phones that record images.
If anyone has serious concerns about a possible child protection issue relating to the recording of images then call the Police. This action should only be taken where you believe that someone may be acting unlawfully or putting a child at risk.
To report potentially unlawful materials on the internet contact:
The Internet Watch Foundation Email: email@example.com Telephone: 01223 237700 Fax the hotline: 01223 235921 www.iwf.org.uk
The FA’s Case Management Team Email: case.management@TheFA.com Telephone: 0207 745 4787
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