The Football Association of Wales understands and empathises that parents/guardians may wish to celebrate their child’s achievements on the field of play by capturing images or videos to this effect, and that footage can be a useful training tool for organisations. However, the welfare of the children involved must always be the paramount consideration and as such, appropriate and proportionate safeguards must be in place.
There are inherent risks in publishing personal information about children in that it can lead to being able to identify the child and their location, or it is possible that images may be subject to inappropriate use.
It is important to remember that it is not an offence for anyone to take a photograph or film on public land, even if they are asked not to do so. If training or matches take place on private land, it is up to the land or facility owner whether they will permit photography or filming to take place.
The Football Association of Wales recommends that the following general steps are in place at training sessions and matches to ensure the safety of all children:
Provide parents/guardians with contact information for the Club Safeguarding Officer and FAW Safeguarding Manager should they have any concerns over the images being used inappropriately.
Spectators should request permission from the coach/club safeguarding officer prior to photographing/filming a match or training session. It may be useful to provide them with a sticker to show that permission has been given.
Spectators should be made aware of the organisations’ expectations with regards to the photographing & filming of matches and the safeguards that must be adhered to.
Spectators should have signed up to the ‘Spectator Code of Conduct’.
Notices should be visible at matches or training sessions with the following wording:
“In line with the recommendations of the Football Association of Wales, club name request that any person wishing to engage in any video, zoom or close range photography should register their details with club personnel before carrying out any such photography. If parents have any particular concern about their young person being photographed or filmed they should notify the organisers.”
The promoter reserves the right to decline entry to any person unable to meet or abide by the promoter's conditions.