Togher Parish Webcam Policy: Webcam Images ,December 2016

Introduction

A webcam system was installed and made operative in the Church of the Way of the Cross, Togher, Cork (hereafter ‘the Church’) in December,2016. The purpose of this system is to provide a continuous Livestream of the sanctuary and near-sanctuary area. While there is the facility to record individual services if desired by the Parish Priest, there is no continuous recording facility. It is felt that the introduction of this system will be of great benefit to the housebound in our parish who wish to join in communion with the parish at its various services. It will also benefit those living outside the parish who wish to view our services, including but not limited to funerals, weddings, etc.

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
Our parish values and encourages the participation of children and young people in all parish activities that will help their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development. The parish recognises the dignity and rights of all children and is committed to ensuring their safety and well-being at all times. The parish recognises that all involved in working with children have a special duty of care towards them. There are procedures and a code of practice in place to implement this policy. Our parish completely subscribes to Cork and Ross Diocesan Norms on Safeguarding Children. Due to the introduction of the webcam system from December 2016, consent will be required from parents / guardians of all Ministers under 18. This includes Altar Servers and all Church ministries.
General Consent
The content of any Livestream belongs to the Parish Priest on behalf of the Parish and cannot be reproduced in any way, including online sharing, without his written permission. Any views expressed by persons taking part in a service do not necessarily reflect the views of the Parish of Togher. Apart from the conditions necessary for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults as outlined above, it is assumed that there is general consent from all people who enter the Church. The presence of the webcam system, Livestream and recording potential are advertised via posters in the Church and on the Parish Website.
Adult Ministers
Notification of the commencement of live streaming through Mass announcements, Parish Bulletin and Social Media is taken as sufficient notification for all adults involved in Ministry.
Recording and Retention of Images
There is no continuous recording of the Livestream via the Church system. However, the potential to record services as desired does exist. This can only be done with the consent of the Parish Priest. It is planned for this to be a very infrequent occurrence and the parish will be notified at least one week in advance via the Parish bulletin and social media.
Recorded events may be posted to the Parish website and may remain there for up to one year after the service. There are no plans to publish still images in any format unless a request is received and authorisation granted by the Parish Priest.
Personal Details
No personal details, including but not limited to, names, addresses, email contacts, phone numbers, website addresses, etc., will be added to the Livestream or via the website.
General Disclaimer
The content of any Livestream belongs to the Parish Priest on behalf of the Parish and cannot be reproduced in any way, including online sharing, without his written permission. Any views expressed by persons taking part in a service do not necessarily reflect the views of the Parish of Togher.