Image copyright and permission

​Use of images - Guidance for council staff

Before you start taking images of people, it is vital that you get their consent to do so. You need to be particularly careful when dealing with children, so it is important that you get consent from the parent, guardian or carer of any child or young person up to the age of 18 (‘parental consent’).

You need a person’s consent (or parental consent for those under 18) when they are clearly recognisable in an image. You should be especially sensitive in the case of children with special educational needs. 

Allow plenty of time for this, so that you get permission before you take the photographs.

Remember to include images of people from different ethnic communities in your communications whenever possible and to use positive images of disabled people. This will ensure that your photographs are inclusive of the whole community and comply with the Disability Discrimination Act.

The above are extracts from the below document, please refer to it for more detailed information.