Duty of Care to Contributors

We should treat our contributors honestly and with respect, and the care and consideration given to those taking part in our programmes is of critical importance. The new Guidelines include a meaning of "due care" – the level of care that is appropriate to the individual and particular circumstances.

The health, safety and wellbeing of contributors should not be put at significant risk through their involvement in BBC content. Before asking contributors to take part in activities which may carry a significant risk, an assessment of those risks should be made, and appropriate measures put in place to deal with them. This may mean taking guidance from safety advisers, or asking contributors to undergo fitness tests or psychological checks.

We will always seek to safeguard the welfare of children and young people who contribute to and feature in our content and we will always protect their dignity, and physical and emotional wellbeing.

The welfare of children must take priority over any editorial requirement. We have specific Guidelines on due care to children and young people who are contributors in Section 9. A meaning of due care for under 18s is given, based on Ofcom guidance.

There are specific issues to consider when working with children especially in the context of a competitive show.

Due care to all contributors applies equally to those abroad as well as to the UK.

There are Editorial Guidelines and Guidance, as well as advice from the BBC Editorial Policy team, to help those who are making content that features vulnerable contributors, and those who may become vulnerable through the nature of their contribution.