(Mandatory Referrals are part of the BBC's editorial management system. While they will not, in themselves, meet the Principles in the Editorial Guidelines, they are an essential part of the process to ensure compliance and must be observed.)
Referrals to Editorial Policy
Any proposal to use any form of moderation, other than pre-moderation, in online spaces designed to appeal to children and young people must be referred to Editorial Policy.
Any proposal to offer a private online space for children and young people where strangers can routinely meet and exchange personal information must be referred to Director Future Media and Technology and Editorial Policy.
In the course of our work if we suspect a child or young person may be at risk, or we are alerted by them to a child welfare issue (including allegations against BBC staff) the situation must be referred promptly to the divisional manager with responsibility for the Child Protection Policy.
Any incident of suspected "grooming" online must be referred promptly to the CBBC Interactive Executive Management Team (or, for commercial services, to the relevant editorial leader) who will be responsible for reporting it to the appropriate authorities.
Any proposal to reveal a child or young person's personal information to a third party without consent must be referred to a senior editorial figure, or for independents to the commissioning editor, who may consult Editorial Policy and Information Policy and Compliance.
Any proposal to proceed with the contribution of a child or young person after a refusal of 'parental consent' must be referred to a senior editorial figure or, for independents, to the commissioning editor. Editorial Policy should also be consulted.