Please Note: Parental Consent From is attached to this article
The ECB wishes to ensure photography and video footage taken within cricket is done so appropriately.
Parents, carers and cricket clubs should not be prevented from taking pictures of, or filming, their children and players. These are normal family and club practices and help mark milestones in a players life and can enhance players enjoyment of cricket significantly.
The introduction of proportionate controls on the use of photographic equipment (cameras, and videos, including mobile phones) is part of general safeguarding good practice in a club.
The ECB is keen to promote positive images of children playing cricket and is not preventing the use of photographic or videoing equipment.
Depending on the circumstance, consent from either the child, adult, or both should be sought before capturing, sharing or publishing images where a child can be identified, including posting on the club’s website etc.
Please remember that photographs are considered ‘personal data’ in terms of the Data Protection Act and GDPR. As with all personal data you process, it should be processed in accordance with the principles laid out in the Data Protection Act, and other relevant legislation and guidance.
Guidance on Photography and Filming
The ECB is firmly and enthusiastically committed to safeguarding children and helping clubs collect, store and share data appropriately.
The ECB’s ‘Safe Hands’ Safeguarding Policy is available at:
The ECB's Club GDPR guidance is available at:
There are 3 Key aspects to being safe and compliant:
- Display a public notice at the Club
- Obtain consent from the player or parent of the player
- Give each player a Privacy Notice
1. Match Day
It is strongly encouraged to get parental assent before match day. Parental Consent Form is attached to this document.
It is important that prior to any filming a notice is displayed at the club highlighting the fact that the game is being filmed.
“Please be aware that this game is being filmed”
"Please contact (insert club contact) if you have any questions or concerns"
Within Play Cricket Scorer Pro is a pop up box which triggers ahead of cameras being connected for match highlights or streaming. This pop up requests that the scorer can confirm that both captain and both umpires are happy for the game to be filmed.
Suggested good practice
In order that the opposition can comply with the required consent it would be good practice at the start of the season to contact all opposition informing them that you intend to film games and share on social media and Play Cricket. A reminder ahead of each fixture would probably also help.
2. Player and Parent Consent - Guidance for clubs and competition organisers
- Photographs/images must not to be taken without the of the player or parents/carers of the child
- A photograph or video of a player / child constitutes personal data and must be treated as such
The club must obtain this consent prior to starting the sessions.
- Consent from a person or a person with parental responsibility must be obtained before capturing, sharing or publishing images where an individual or child can be identified. This includes the club’s and leagues play cricket website or other online platforms
- Clarity on video use must be sought as part of the video consent statement – how and where will the images be used by the club*
- If no consent or consent has been declined for a player or by a child’s parents, the captain must be aware of this and manage any photo/ videoing opportunities accordingly. (consent can be removed at any time)
- They must be informed that if they have concerns they can report these to Club officials.
3. Privacy Notice
Legally anyone who’s data you are capturing needs to be served with a privacy notice explaining what data is being captured, what it will be used for, where it will be stored and what can be deleted. All Play Cricket Registered Players are served a Privacy Notice on behalf of the Club. This meets the Clubs legal responsibility to serve this privacy notice and covers this responsibility for filming and social media.
It is still the Clubs responsibility to act in accordance with policy and guidelines.
The following guidance could be used by a club to create a policy Video capture Policy.
See also ECB Guidance for clubs on the use of Social Media, texts and email
Obtain Parental permission to use the child's image and, wherever possible, show the video match day centre to the parent in advance.*
If the child is named, do not use their photograph.*
If a photograph is used, do not name the child.*
Only use images of children in appropriate kit.
Be aware that there can be negative consequences to sharing images linked to information about children on social media. Care should be taken about "tagging".
Ensure that adequate privacy settings are in place either restricting or allowing access to photos, personal information, comments about others, friends and followers on social media.
*It is possible that if a picture and name was placed in the local paper, the club website etc., the information could be used inappropriately. For this reason, the ECB guidance is that a child’s picture and name should not appear together. There may be many reasons why individuals do not wish their child’s photograph to be taken by someone they do not know personally, for example estranged parents looking to gain access to a child, or families that have fled abusive situations. Parents / carers MUST be offered the opportunity to withhold consent for photographs / filming of their child.
Guidance for Parents
- Parents should be reminded that they do not have the right to post pictures of other people’s children online. They should also be careful about tagging in other children to any posts that they upload.
What to do if there are concerns
- Centres, Activators and other volunteers should be aware and vigilant that some people may use sporting events as an opportunity to take inappropriate photographs or film footage of children.
- Concerns regarding inappropriate, or intrusive, photography at a match should be reported to the Club Welfare Officer. The club welfare officer should deal with this there and then by talking to the person concerned and asking them to desist. If the club welfare officer is not present a responsible adult from the club should do so. Such incidents must be recorded and reported in the same manner as any other safeguarding concern