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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

CR198. Guidance for the use of audio-visual recording in child psychiatric practice

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Approved: Jan 2015

Published: Jul 2015

Status: current

Number of pages: 18

Review by: 2020

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Audio-visual recording of interviews with patients and their families is now commonly used in child psychiatric practice.


This report presents guidelines that address all forms of recording, storage and transmission of audio-visual recording within child mental health practice, regardless of whether or not the recording forms part of the clinical record.


The report outlines the procedures involved in audio-visual recording including ensuring confidentiality and obtaining consent. It provides guidance for all child and adolescent psychiatrists, and all other professionals in CAMHS, who are involved in the making and subsequent use of audio-visual recordings.


This report replaces CR167, of the same title which was published in year 2011 (which in turn replaced CR79. Guidance for the Use of Video Recording in Child Psychiatric Practice, from the year 2000).



  • Introduction
  • Purpose of audio-visual recording
  • Making the recording
  • Storage of audio-visual recordings
  • Copyright/ownership of audio-visual recordings
  • Appendix
  • References
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