BBC Young Reporter terms and conditions of participation for schools and organisations

These are the BBC’s terms and conditions for schools and organisations participating in BBC Young Reporter. They tell you about:

  • what the BBC is responsible for,
  • your responsibilities,
  • using materials created for BBC Young Reporter.

We may update these terms from time to time. We’ll let you know if we do. The latest version applies and will always be available on this page.

1. What the BBC is responsible for

We will:

a) co-ordinate the BBC Young Reporter project for the BBC;

b) provide reporting opportunities for schools and organisations;

c) run BBC events designed to motivate and enthuse young people;

d) host free resources on the BBC Young Reporter website to help schools and organisations learn about news in their mainstream classes and youth sessions;

e) provide copies of BBC Young Reporter logos and branding for you to use only in connection with BBC Young Reporter;

f) handle your personal data in accordance with the BBC Young Reporter privacy notice;

g) comply with the BBC’s Child Protection Policy and the BBC's Editorial Guidelines;

h) conduct surveys from time to time about BBC Young Reporter and share the results with educational institutions or organisations for use on their websites and publish the results on the BBC’s website.

2. Your responsibilities

You will:

a) make sure you have permission from your school’s or organisation’s head or manager to take part in BBC Young Reporter and to agree to these terms on their behalf;

b) organise your school’s or organisation’s and young person’s participation in BBC Young Reporter and choose a lead person to work on BBC Young Reporter, be co-ordinator and principal contact with the BBC, and to make sure that your participation runs safely on your behalf;

c) make sure that your young people taking part in BBC Young Reporter are between 11 and 18 years old;

d) before taking part in BBC Young Reporter, get the parent’s or guardian’s agreement in writing for each young person to take part. If the young person wishes to attend any BBC Young Reporter events, their parent or guardian will need to complete a form called a BBC Young Reporter Child Event Attendance Permission Form. You are responsible for making sure that parents or guardians complete this permission form, which the BBC will provide online (the BBC will provide the link) and in paper format. The permission form includes permission for the BBC to use the young person’s contribution and their image in the ways we describe in the form;

e) ensure that BBC staff are never left alone with young people. Young people must be supervised at all times by a member of your staff;

f) process any personal data collected from BBC staff in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018;

g) make sure that all health and safety procedures are followed, including carrying out all risk assessments and taking appropriate action to mitigate risk. We are not responsible for these.

3. Using materials created for BBC Young Reporter

a) you must make sure that you, your school or organisation, staff, parents or guardians and young people taking part in BBC Young Reporter understand and agree how materials may be used as we describe below and in the BBC Young Reporter Child Event Attendance Permission Form (when attending an event). If you or they do not agree, we’re sorry but you must not take part in BBC Young Reporter;

b) only use the BBC Young Reporter logos, branded or copyright materials we provide for educational work directly related to BBC Young Reporter;

c) the intellectual property rights (e.g. copyright) in the text and audio visual materials created by your school or organisation or young person as part of BBC Young Reporter will remain with your school or organisation or young person and may be used for your own education purposes only, including showing to parents or guardians, students, to other schools, organisations or young people. You must ask us first if you would like to use the materials in any other way;

d) you give us exclusive permission to use the materials created by your school or organisation or young person and their image and the survey results in all media (including TV, radio, online, downloads, vodcasts, podcasts, social media and print) throughout the world forever as we decide including sharing the materials with other schools and organisation. We may edit, alter or cut the BBC Young Reporter materials in any way we decide and we have editorial control over how we use the materials. We may not attribute the materials to you;

e) the intellectual property rights (e.g. copyright) in the materials created by us will belong to the BBC alone and you assign your intellectual property rights in your school’s or organisation’s or young person’s contributions to us;

f) we may contact the press and use the text and audio visual materials and photographs of your school or organisation, staff or young person to publicise BBC Young Reporter;

g) BBC Young Reporter uses social media and we will regularly post on our social media accounts and re-post (e.g. “re-tweet”) your school’s or organisation’s or staff’s public messages and photographs about BBC Young Reporter. We may also post on BBC News social media accounts;

h) you are responsible for managing and running your own social media accounts which may feature material made for BBC Young Reporter;

i) you recognise that the minimum age for having a social media account is usually 13 years but you understand that if your school or organisation creates materials for BBC Young Reporter with young people aged under 13, it is possible that their work or images may appear on BBC social media accounts;

j) if your school or organisation, staff or young person takes part in any of our broadcast programmes or for our website, we may ask you to make sure that parents or guardians sign a BBC Contributor Release form, which must be completed before taking part. We will provide a copy of the BBC Contributor Release form in printed format;

k) you, your school, organisation, staff, parent or guardian or young person will not be paid by the BBC for your participation or contributions.

BBC Young Reporter privacy notice
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What is BBC Young Reporter?
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