These consent forms and notices may be copied for appropriate church use.  The term "child" refers to any person under the age of 18 yrs.

The following may be displayed at a church event when an official church photographer is taking photographs/video.  (It is generally preferable if individual consent forms have been used, but it is accepted that this is not always practicable.)

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(Name of Event)  - Notice About Photographs 

It is possible that during this event, your child/young person below the age of 18, may be photographed or recorded. The Methodist Church will take all steps to ensure that these images are used solely for the purposes that they are intended which is the promotion and celebration of the Methodist Church.

If you become aware that these images are being used inappropriately you should inform an official as soon as possible.

If you would like a detailed copy of our guidelines please contact a church safeguarding officer, (Dr. P. J. Hinton, Warley House, Stock Lane, Halifax HX2 7RU, telephone, 01422 8314341, or Mrs Dawn Teague, 25 Pye Nest Avenue, Halifax, HX2 7HT, telephone 01422  357772)

If you would prefer that your child's photograph is not taken and used for these purposes please advise ………………………..     (Insert name of person organising the event etc..)  as soon as possible, preferably in writing.

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Official church photographers must be aware of the following guidelines: 

Guidelines for Photographers at church events

  • Do not photograph any child who has asked not to be photographed or who is under court order (where it is known).
  • Photography or recording should focus on the activity not on a particular young person.
  • Images should focus on small groups rather than individuals.
  • If a young person is named avoid using their photograph.
  • All children must be appropriately dressed when photographed.
  • All people taking photographs or recording footage for official use at the event should register with the event organiser.
  • All concerns regarding inappropriate behaviour or intrusive photography should be reported to the event organiser and a safeguarding officer.

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The following form may be copied and used to obtain parental/guardian consent for taking photographs which are likely to include children: -

Consent Form

At St. Paul's Methodist Church we take the issue of child safety very seriously, and this includes the use of images of children. We occasionally include images of children in publications and on our website, but we have a duty of care which means that children must remain unidentifiable, reducing the risk of inappropriate contact, if images are use in this way.

We ask that parents consent to the church taking and using photographs and images of their children. Any use of images at St. Paul's Methodist Church is underpinned by our Safeguarding policy. We will never include the full name of a child alongside an image.

Please complete, sign and return this form to: (Insert name of person organising the event etc..)_____________________________ at St. Paul's Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge.

I consent to photographs and digital images of the child named below, appearing in Methodist Church printed publications on our noticeboards or websites. I understand that the images will be used only for church purposes and that the identity of my child will be protected. I also acknowledge that the images may also be used in and distributed using other media, such as CD-ROM.

Name of child:

Name of parent or guardian:

Address:

Signature:

Date:

Queries regarding this form should be addressed to Dr. P. J. Hinton, Warley House,Stock Lane Halifax HX2 7RU

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