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The Association of Photographers' Draft Guidelines for Working
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1 Photographers should try to stop taking pictures of children
in underwear, especially for mail order catalogues (a known and
easily accessible source of paedophile material). Assistance from
large mail order firms and large groups of department stores who
produce smaller catalogues and PR pictures needs to be sought.
2 Photographic collections of children held with stock libraries
need to be monitored carefully, to be doubly sure who they are selling
to and what they will be used for.
3 Manipulation of stills and films, and especially pop videos
where children are being used a lot, need to be looked into. (One
parent was asked if her son could be filmed dancing and pulling
off his shirt - the plan was to then manipulate his sister's head
on to his body. The mother refused and it didn't happen.)
4 No child should ever go on any shoot without a chaperone.
5 The chaperone should have the right to be in the same
room where the child is working, at all times. If at any time the
chaperone feels the child is being misused, over-worked or bullied,
s/he should be able to withdraw the child from the session without
forfeiting the fee - especially in such cases where the child is
asked to do something utterly different from that for which they
6 A chaperone must never leave a child in a session on her
or his own, however boring it may be to sit and wait for the session
7 If a parent cannot take a child to the shoot, s/he should
notify the photographer with the name of the chaperone and make
sure the photographer has a phone number to contact the parent/s
in an emergency.
8 Children must not be allowed to travel unaccompanied in
mini-cabs or taxis. If this is really necessary, a radio-controlled
black cab should be used in order to keep the child in contact with
an adult known to them.
9 If a child (usually a young teenager) is sent on a shoot
without a chaperone, the agency and photographer/client must be
notified before the shoot and given the right to cancel if they
are not willing to accept responsibility for the child. At all times,
the parents' contact number must be supplied in advance in case
10 If the model agency has a call from a photographer/client
for one of their children's books, and the photographer or client
is new to them, references need to be sought before the book is
11 Children are often worked far too long, or kept hanging
about on shoots. Strict guidelines are needed as to how long each
age group may work.
12 Parents must be educated, possibly through women's magazines,
in what are normal modelling activities and what are not. Too many
parents are keen to get their children photographed and consequently
can put them in potentially dangerous situations.
Further information about the UK-based Association of Photographers
can be found on its website.
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