Policy on Photographing Children and Young People

1.   Barking Cat will gain parent/carer consent to take and use images of children under 16 and where appropriate, will gain consent of children or young people themselves.

2.   Barking Cat will take all reasonable steps to promote the safety and welfare of children and young people featuring in images on its website, social media, displays, leaflets, articles or for any other promotional or information purposes.  This will include the following:

A.   Images containing identifiable children or young people under 16 will not include the name, address or other information that could identify the child anywhere near or linked to the image.

B.   Only images of children fully and appropriately clothed will be used.

C.   All images used electronically will bear a watermark and copyright notice and be of low resolution to deter downloading.

D.   A copyright notice will state that it is illegal under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to use or alter copyrighted images without expressed consent of Barking Cat.

3.   Protection of Vulnerable Groups. Barking Cat photographer Kimberly Smith (Kim) is a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme for Children and Young People through Disclosure Scotland.