Identifying Children in our Output
Created on 31 Oct 2012
This is a reminder that we must take care that the information we disclose about children and young people does not put them at any risk. (Editorial Guidelines 9.4.2)
When considering whether to identify a child, you need to remember that even when a story is non-controversial, there may be important reasons not to identify a child. In many non-controversial and non-sensitive cases it may be appropriate to name a child by their first name and to give out the name of the large town they live in or near.
If you are thinking about giving more details out – such as their surname – this should be part of the informed consent process. You should find out from the parent/carer/responsible adult whether this would put the child at risk.
Make sure you do not inadvertently reveal several pieces of information that could lead to “jigsaw identification”. It is not usually advisable to name the school unless it is part of the story.
There is more information in the Editorial Guidance Working with Children and Young People.
The Editorial Policy Guidance Note on Interacting with Children and Young People Online contains further advice on user contributions.
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