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Updated ITV guidelines for producers on protecting participants in programmes

ITV has today (Wednesday 2nd October 2019) published its guidelines for its programme suppliers on protecting participants in programmes made for broadcast on ITV.

Its guidance includes reference to the proposed new OFCOM rules in relation to protecting programme participants.

ITV expects producers to comply with its guidance per clause 6.6 of the tripartite commissioning agreement.
 
Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Director of Television has said: “This is not intended to be prescriptive but is draft guidance we are rolling out to all producers working with ITV, so we have a framework for the discussion around what the levels of risk might be and what proportionate processes producers therefore may need to have in place.”

Pact Chief Executive John McVay added: “Pact and its members take the welfare and protection of programme participants very seriously, and we welcome ITV sharing its best practice guidelines with producers.”
 
Download the ITV guidance here.
 
Should you have any queries, please contact the Pact Legal and Business Affairs team.


 
More information from ITV about the guidance
 
Earlier this year ITV Studios introduced refreshed processes and guidance to manage and support the mental health and wellbeing of programme participants before, during and after production. The processes and guidance were developed with the assistance of Dr Paul Litchfield CBE, who has promoted better mental health at work with the European Commission and the World Health Organisation.
 
Alongside ITV’s Duty of Care Charter, which details the channel’s commitment to the care it takes for the physical and mental health and wellbeing of those participating in its productions, ITV has now integrated the key elements implemented within ITV Studios into their updated producer guidelines for all programme suppliers, to outline what ITV considers best practice.
 
ITV’s updated guidelines set out a framework for assessing welfare and mental health risks for participants, identifying six general factors to be considered.
 
The guidelines also include information on measures that ITV suggests producers should consider putting in place to address welfare and mental health risks. Any measures or processes should be proportionate to the likely risks, given factors such as the programme format and the individuals concerned, and this continues to be taken into account when discussing programme commissions and considering the method and cost of production.
 
Where productions have medium or higher risk elements, producers should discuss their participant protection processes with their ITV commissioner and the ITV compliance lawyer or advisor allocated to their programme. This should cover periods of pre-production and casting, the period of production and broadcast of the programme and, where appropriate and proportionate, post production and broadcast. It may also involve the need to engage expert psychological advice and support.
 
Medium or higher risk productions should have a written risk management plan and processes/protocols in place for protecting the welfare of programme participants, which should be shared with ITV. Regular reporting of risk in programmes and the control measures introduced is a key element of risk reporting within ITV.
 
Download the guidance in full here.