THE BIG SOCIETY

The Youth Development Association has been pointing to the waste of centralised control over the last three decades - what more can we say!
 
And we say the guidance below should apply to youth activities and class activities too!
 
Nativity play photos 'not illegal'

Parents should be free to photograph their children in nativity plays, the Information Commissioner has said

Parents should be free to photograph their children in nativity plays, the Information Commissioner has said

Parents should be free to photograph their children in nativity plays and challenge schools or councils that try to stop them under data protection laws, the Information Commissioner has said.

Christopher Graham said shots for the family album are exempt from the laws and parents and friends of children in plays should "stand ready to challenge any schools or councils that say 'Bah, Humbug' to a bit of festive fun".

"Armed with our guidance, parents should feel free to snap away this Christmas," he said.

"Having a child perform at a school play or a festive concert is a very proud moment for parents and is understandably a memory that many want to capture on camera.

"It is disappointing to hear that the myth that such photos are forbidden by the Data Protection Act still prevails in some schools.

"A common sense approach is needed - clearly, photographs simply taken for a family album are exempt from data protection laws."

Daniel Hamilton, campaign director of civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch, said the Information Commissioner's statement was "a real victory for common sense".

 
 

Message from the Home Office

Vetting and Barring Scheme Review, 3 November 2010

 

In order to meet the Coalition's commitment to scale back the Vetting and Barring regime to common sense levels, the review of the Vetting and Barring Scheme will:

 

  • Consider the fundamental principles and objectives behind the Vetting and Barring regime, including:

 

    • Evaluating the scope of the scheme’s coverage;

 

    • The most appropriate function, role and structures of any relevant safeguarding bodies and appropriate governance arrangements;

 

    • Recommending what, if any, scheme is needed now, taking into account how to raise awareness and understanding of risk and responsibility for safeguarding in society more generally.

 

As part of the consultation process that will help inform the remodelling of the Vetting and Barring Scheme, the Home Office is currently conducting a survey that focuses on safeguarding issues. They are working with preselected individuals/organisations based upon their interest, knowledge and expertise to provide feedback that will help shape the future of safeguarding provision.

 

 

Children’s Links will keep you updated on developments as they present themselves
 

Message from the Home Office

Vetting and Barring Scheme Review, 3 November 2010

 

In order to meet the Coalition's commitment to scale back the Vetting and Barring regime to common sense levels, the review of the Vetting and Barring Scheme will:

 

  • Consider the fundamental principles and objectives behind the Vetting and Barring regime, including:

 

    • Evaluating the scope of the scheme’s coverage;

 

    • The most appropriate function, role and structures of any relevant safeguarding bodies and appropriate governance arrangements;

 

    • Recommending what, if any, scheme is needed now, taking into account how to raise awareness and understanding of risk and responsibility for safeguarding in society more generally.

 

As part of the consultation process that will help inform the remodelling of the Vetting and Barring Scheme, the Home Office is currently conducting a survey that focuses on safeguarding issues. They are working with preselected individuals/organisations based upon their interest, knowledge and expertise to provide feedback that will help shape the future of safeguarding provision.

 

 

 
 
 
 
But are Local Authority Heads of Service still playing the control game in disguise?
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