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