Editorial Guidelines

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Guidelines

The Editorial Guidelines are the BBC's values and standards. They apply to all our content, wherever and however it is received.

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Guidance

Editorial Policy Guidance Notes supplement the Editorial Guidelines, with further explanation of their themes and practical tips.

Sensitive Reporting of Suicide

Reporting of Suicide

The reporting of suicide requires great sensitivity. Care must be taken to avoid describing or showing suicide or self-harming methods in explicit detail, unless there is a clear editorial justification. The sensitive use of language is also important.

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The reporting of suicide needs great care as it has the potential to make such actions appear possible, and even appropriate, to the vulnerable.

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Training Modules

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Find out more about the Editorial Guidelines with the BBC Academy. Five new short modules have been added on crime, polls and surveys, partnerships and competitions - joining the existing modules explaining Accuracy, Impartiality, Strong Language, Violence, Secret Recording, Consent, Children and many other issues.

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