The Use Of Photographs And Images Of Children

There have been concerns raised about the risks posed directly and indirectly to children and young people through the use of photographs on websites and in publications.  If sporting organisations are aware of the potential risks and take appropriate steps, the potential for misuse of images can be greatly reduced.

The NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit advises sporting bodies to:

  • Consider using models or illustrations if you are promoting an activity.
  • Avoid the use of first name and surname of individuals in a photograph. This reduces the risk of inappropriate, unsolicited attention from people outside the sport.

 Easy rules to remember are:

  • If the child is named in full, avoid using their photograph.
  • If the photograph is used, avoid naming the child in full.
  • Ask for written parental consent to use an image of a young person. This ensures that parents are aware the image of their child is representing the sport.

Although model flying does not often afford the opportunities that other sports present for such malpractice, clubs are advised to be aware that the possibility may still exist and adhere to the above principles, especially those concerning children and vulnerable adults.