This information applies to printed and digital materials (photograph, audio recording or video footage) produced by or for the Queensland Synod office, presbyteries and congregations.
You must obtain written permission from the individual or parent/guardian of all children who appear in any photograph or video footage, prior to using the image in any format. In addition, you should ensure that the child is willing to allow their image to be used. To assist in documenting permission, a talent release form and an image release form for children has been developed. Alternately, you can obtain an email which specifically gives permission for the use of images.
Photos of children should focus on small groups rather than individuals. Leaders should not identify in writing the person/s in the photograph (e.g. tagging on Facebook) unless permission has been explicitly gained from the person themselves and the young person’s parent/guardian. All young people must be appropriately dressed when photographed (e.g. not in swimsuits or pyjamas). Children should not be able to be tracked down as a result of the manner in which photos are taken and shared e.g. because of school uniforms, name tags, etc.
When a video of a service or activity is distributed or streamed online, signs and/or notifications should be posted that indicate the service is being or will be broadcast.