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Immersive Authorship – Consent Form for Under 18s

In order for participants under the age of 18 to take part in this project we must have the consent of a parent or carer.

You (the parent/carer) should read the description of the project (below) and then complete the form, giving all required consents and giving any optional consents you and your child wish to give.

You will then need to legally confirm your consent either by email or by post. We will send you instructions once we receieve your completed form.

“The Project”:

A project in which young people and young adults work collaboratively to produce The Gamebook (as defined below), each contributing as much or as little as they like, from a single idea, to whole written chapters and illustrations.

Activities will include but are not limited to:

  • reading and playing similar games and interactive stories;
  • ideas and story development;
  • developing a rules system;
  • creating characters and monsters;
  • developing scenes by acting them out;
  • writing scenes;
  • drawing and illustrating;
  • marketing;
  • publicity;
  • events.

“The Gamebook”:

The main output of The Project will be a single interactive, illustrated fantasy-adventure gamebook. A gamebook is a style of novel in which the reader chooses options to decide the actions for the protagonist. It will contain peril, magic spells and fantasy combat such as you might find in a novel like The Hobbit or the Narnia books. The combat will be decided using a set of rules such as you might find in fantasy role-playing games, which participants will devise themselves. The Gamebook will have a PEGI 7 rating. It will be published as a paperback on Amazon on Blurb as a hardback, and released as a text-based video game for mobile devices and desktop computers. Both versions will include written text and illustrations. Neither version will contain photographs.

Work Forums:

Work may be done in one or more of the following forums:

  • workshops in small groups via Zoom or other video conferencing;
  • working alone, doing self-directed writing and/or drawing;
  • writing and/or drawing according to assignments set by our tutors;
  • discussions and ideas exchange via email or through our Discord server.

Video conferencing will follow guidelines set out in our Safeguarding Policies and Remote Working and Online Video Workshop Guidelines, including making sure the session is secure and having a minimum of two tutors or one tutor and another appropriate responsible adult on all group sessions, and one tutor and a parent, carer or other responsible adult on individual workshops. All sessions will be recorded. Tutors will have access to recordings to help them fulfil their duties, for example to transcribe young people’s ideas or improvised dialogue scenes. Once a recording is finished with, it will be encrypted and archived for safeguarding purposes. Participants will not be able to record sessions, and will be required to formally agree to workshop etiquette standards, such as not taking screenshots.

All emails and message threads and conversations will be kept for safeguarding purposes. Tutors will have access to these to help them fulfil their duties as describe above. Once a communication thread or conversation is finished with, it will be encrypted and archived for safeguarding purposes. Participants will be required to formally agree to workshop etiquette standards, such as not engaging in conversations with a single tutor on their own.

For more information, please follow the links on our About page.

Our Tutors:

Our tutors are experts in their fields and include published authors and professional artists. All our tutors have Enhanced DBS Certificates for working with children.

For more information, please follow the links on our About page.

Copyright:

All participants retain all copyright in the work they produce and assert their moral rights to paternity and integrity. These rights mean no-one can use their work without their permission, without crediting them, and must not use it in any way that might damage their reputation.

For us to be able to include their work in The Gamebook, therefore, the young person must enter into an agreement with us to grant us a licence to use their work. We need your consent for them to enter into this agreement. (The Licence Agreement is on a separate form.)

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Consents

You must make these consents for your child to be able to participate in the project.

Communication via email

Online video workshops

Discord chat

Google docs

Copyright

You must make these consents for your child to be able to participate in the project. The name and address of the child as detailed on this form must match the one on the Licence Agreement for it to be valid.

Media recording for publicity and use in the project

Privacy

You must make these consents for your child to be able to participate in the project.