Minimum standards in communications

The following minimum standards must be observed when communicating about those with whom International Alert works, especially children.

  • Always check what photography or filming is appropriate with an Alert representative before taking photos or videos.
  • Always ask permission if you wish to take photos or videos, and explain how they will be used. In the case of a child, ask permission from the child and the child’s guardians.
  • Written permission must be obtained from the individual concerned or their guardians when a photo, video or story:
    • clearly identifies and provides substantial information about a particular person; or
    • places a person in a situation that could be damaging to their dignity, safety or reputation. For example, information about HIV status, involvement in prostitution or armed conflict, etc.
  • Be extremely sensitive to a person’s vulnerability at times of trauma or grief, and always assess how a photo, video or story will impact on the safety, dignity and wellbeing of the person concerned.
  • Do not portray people as helpless victims. Balance human needs with positive language about what people are doing to help themselves.
  • Photos and stories must not use real names or real locations, especially when communicating sensitive information. For example, HIV status or sexual abuse.

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