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ITV publishes “Love Island” duty of care protocols

UK broadcaster ITV has published details of its duty of care protocols ahead of the upcoming seventh series of the popular dating series Love Island (pictured). Those protocols include detailed welfare plans ...
June 16, 2021

UK broadcaster ITV has published details of its duty of care protocols ahead of the upcoming seventh series of the popular dating series Love Island (pictured).

Those protocols include detailed welfare plans to support series participants before, during and after production. The process for Love Island participants includes psychological support, social media training focusing on handling negativity, financial management training, conversations about the potential impact of the show on participants’ lives, advice on hiring management, and a proactive aftercare package. A mental health professional will also be engaged throughout the series, from the pre-filming stage to aftercare.

ITV launched a review of Love Island‘s participant welfare processes in 2018 and developed a duty of care framework the following year. By the fall of 2019, the network extended the guidelines to cover all shows on ITV, whether produced in-house or by third parties.

The protocols come more than a year after former Love Island host Caroline Flack died by suicide.

Flack’s passing in February 2020 had been the latest tragedy to impact the series, one of the UK’s biggest unscripted hits in recent years. The deaths of two former contestants, each ruled as suicides, were seen as catalysts for an industry-wide discussion in the UK, as well as a UK parliamentary inquiry, into duty of care for unscripted television participants.

With files from Barry Walsh

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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