Social Media Policy

Our communications channels

3rd Lymm Scouts provides fun and challenging experiences for young people in the Lymm area, in a safe and supportive environment. To keep on doing that we need to reach out into our local community to make new friends, engage new members, and spark new volunteers.

We use photographs and video of Group activities to tell our story and promote Scouting through several channels:

For promoting Scouting in our local community and to the general public we use our website, Warrington East District webpages and our public Facebook page. This list might change in future, if we find better ways of communicating.


When is it appropriate for parents and guardians to take pictures?

Parents and guardians are welcome to take pictures of your Scout at meetings and events in public areas, but at Maple Lodge or other private scout locations under the control of 3rd Lymm photos can only be taken if specific permission is given by the leader, who will ensure children without consent for pictures are not photographed. In the event that the leader declines permission no pictures can be taken on scouting premises. We ask that you respect the Scout Association’s “Young People First” policy and if your pictures feature children other than your own we expect that you don’t share them publicly. Feel free to share them with us though! You can share them in our private Facebook group, or with any of the Leaders directly.

There may be events such as Investitures or ‘Swimming Up’ where parents want to take photos. In these instances the leader may give permission, but will take steps to keep children without consent out of such photos/videos.

As a parent or guardian, do I have to give my consent for pictures to be used?

Yes you do. Without consent we will endeavour not to take any identifiable photos at all of your children, which means they will not appear on the closed Facebook group and you will not see photos of them in action at scouts. You can set your consents in OSM, in the personal details section. There are two different consent statements you can choose. Leaders will be aware what consents have been given and will check before using any photographs. The first consent allows us to use photos in ‘Internal’ – i.e. private group settings. This only includes closed Facebook groups, OSM or direct emails that only go to members and group notice boards in ‘Maple Lodge’. While we appreciate the consent wording is a bit woolly, we only have predetermined options in OSM. Please note that photos can of course be copied from these sites, and are then outside our control:

The second consent allows us to use photos more widely, so public facing Facebook pages, the website, press releases etc. We will of course follow usual safeguarding practices.

For clarity, if you say ‘no’ to both options, we will endeavour to take no identifiable photos of your children, if you say yes to option one and no to option 2 we may take photos and share ‘Internally’ (see above) , and if you say yes to option 1 and 2 the photos will be shared ‘Internally’ (see above) and more widely in locations the public can see. If you say no to option one and yes to option 2, that must be an error as option 2 covers all options, and we will treat it as such.

How will leaders take and use pictures?

1. Leaders are encouraged to take pictures for the purposes of promoting Scouting and communicating with parents and fellow Scouts

2. We will check recorded consents before taking and using any photo or video

3. We will never publish personal details (full name, address, email, etc.) with any photo or video that is used, except with the express permission of parents/guardians

4. We will only use photos/videos of suitably dressed subjects in appropriate situations

5. We will follow the Scout Association’s “Young People First” policy at all times

6. If we or other parents/guardians inadvertently publish material without parental permission on our website or social media channels we will remove it as quickly as possible after it is brought to our attention

What is the Scout Association’s guidance?

The Scout Association encourages the use of photography and social networks as ways of publicising Scouting.  Scout Association guidance on photography  Scout association guidance on social media

How do we monitor this policy?

Key individuals in the Group, including the Group Scout Leader monitor our social streams to make sure they fit with these policies. We will reserve the power to remove any photographs we deem contravening this policy, inappropriate or unsuitable without notice. We review this policy annually and when a new Group Scout Leader takes over.

Last reviewed July 2021