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  • Legal Guides - Public Place Naturism By Edward

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    There are two legal guides; one for Scotland and one for England and Wales. Please ensure that you download the correct version. Here in the UK we are lucky enough to have a legal system that we believe can be relied upon to maintain order and to support us in times of need. We have confidence in the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Judiciary to act impartially and that their processes operate in a fair, consistent and transparent manner. However this is not always the case when it comes to Naturism in public places. There are times when public nudity seems to be condoned or even positively supported by the police, such as during the World Naked Bike Ride events, and others when people are presumed to be breaking the law and arrested for no other reason than that they are naked in a public place. "All too often we see innocent Naturists falling foul of the law, not because of their actions, but because of confusion within the law and a lack of understanding by the police and CPS" - Malcolm Boura, Campaigns Director. Here at British Naturism we not only campaign to change and improve the law with regard to Naturism in public places, but are also working to help educate the police and magistrates with regard to the law, to try and overcome the presumption that public nudity is inherently illegal and those who practice it are inevitably up to no good. We do this both through proactive engagement with all branches of the legal system - including Parliament - as well as by providing legal advice and support to our members. You may also be interested in legal guidance on Nudity in Public which has been produced by the Crown Prosecution Service following representations from British Naturism and others. Please donate to support this work British Naturism is an organisation run by volunteers with a small paid staff and we rely on income from members subscriptions to be able to do our work – on behalf of all Naturists. We’ve prepared this Legal Guidance for everyone and it is free to download from the button above, but please consider making a donation to our legal fund to help us defray the cost of producing it, we suggest a minimum of £2. If you are not a member of BN, please consider joining us, it only costs the equivalent of a few pounds a month but the support and help it gives us is invaluable. Donate Here
  • BN Children Deserve Better Report 2016 By malcolm.boura

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    British Naturism is the national organisation for Naturists in the UK, with over 9000 active members, and representing the interests of almost 4 million Naturists nationwide. We share a philosophical belief in a natural naked lifestyle, in harmony with nature, with their counterparts all over the world. We believe that children should be brought up and kept safe in an environment of openness and body honesty. They should know about how their bodies work, what happens to them at puberty and what a normal consensual sexual relationship is, before they experience it as adults. This should be done ideally by bringing up children in a Naturist environment where body honesty is key, but otherwise through good, explicit, factually correct and non-judgemental sex and relationships education through the prime educators: parents, teachers and organisations like the BBC. Bringing children up in such an environment, with wholesome, honest and open body attitudes leads to better sexual health outcomes for young people, fewer body image disorders, and more sensible attitudes to life. Prudery, not openness or nudity, harms children. We want children to be innocent, but not ignorant. We believe that body openness and honesty protects children from the possible harmful effects of inappropriate material. They should find out about sex and how their bodies work from good education and openness instead of glamour and pornography. Children are naturally curious and if their curiosity is not answered openly then they will seek answers anywhere they can. Blocking will not prevent them as they can usually circumvent it with a facility that adults may not believe possible. There is objective evidence that those beliefs are well founded, unlike some other beliefs. British Naturism’s Children Deserve Better, 2016 report sets out our views using evidence from sound academic sources rather than prejudice or sound bites – as such it makes essential reading for anyone concerned with the welfare of children and/or internet censorship. It addresses the issues and analyses the reasons why it has proved so difficult for the UK to adopt the policies that are known to work. The report is both critical of the failures of the past to follow best practice and optimistic for the future. It explains how, with very little expenditure or effort, the well-being of children could be greatly improved. It is just necessary to follow the evidence instead of myth. We are confident that significant advances could be made quite quickly but there is considerable social inertia to overcome - it would be a generational project. We must address the body-attitudes which result in the UK being amongst the poorest performers in the western world. It can be done and the time to start is now. It is long overdue that “Think of the children” really did mean “think” instead of it being a slogan to stifle debate and hinder progress. It is long overdue that policy was firmly evidence based; rigorous, objective evidence instead of myth and misconceptions. It is long overdue that “Putting children first” really did mean that the welfare of children took precedence over adult myths, dislikes, and embarrassment. Malcolm Boura, British Naturism’s Campaigns Director said:  
  • What is Naturism? By Edward

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    What is Naturism leaflet, available for you to download.
  • BN 214 Winter 2017 By johnrw

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    Welcome to another fun and feature filled edition of BN Magazine, which will be dropping onto your doormats soon, and is available for download by members. It is packed full all the news and views from the world of British Naturism, the national organisation representing Naturists and Naturism in the UK.  Of course, this is the issue where we look back and reflect upon a summer season well spent, but it's also an upbeat forward look to what promises to be another spectacular year in 2018. In this issue then, you will find the following treats, and much more besides: Naturism, as we know, is the perfect antidote to body image concerns.  We're more used to hearing about the pressures on younger women - but what about men?  We find out more. Women in Naturism - Pat tells us how she went from fearful outsider to passionate advocate Are you one of the many who would love to be more open about your Naturism, but isn't sure how to broach the subject?  Our guide to talking about Naturism, along with an overview of our 'Just One Person' campaign, will help you to 'cross the line' and become a confident advocate of Naturism. Our usual event reports section looks back at some recent highlights - including the now well-established 'Streak for Tigers' event at London Zoo. Talking of events, we unveil the full events and group holidays programme for 2018 - and though we say so ourselves, it's looking good! A report on the BN Naturist Vision Day in Birmingham, where a number of inspiring presentations really helped us to think about Naturism from other perspectives. We report on the launch of Amelia Allen's fabulous book 'Naked Britain' - surely one of the finest portrayals of our way of life ever pubished. YBN - resurgent, reinvigorated and very much active!  We catch up with them to find out what's going on. The Great British Skinny Dip - they came, they stripped, they dipped!  But how did this year's event go, free of the ever present TV cameras that were with us last year?  We find out, and also look at some possibilities for taking this flagship campaign forward. Holidays?  Yes please!  This issue we visit France to discover some new places - and some old favourites. All this, plus the usual updates from our legal and campaigns teams, a roundup of all the best naked news in the media!  BN Magazine is available to members only and issued four times a year as part of the annual subscription. If you are not a member, you can join us  and get your own copy and other benefits as well. If you want to find articles that have appeared in other recent issues click the link for the On-line Magazine Index.

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    • nugold
      I think the new leaflet for Scotland is brilliant and I would like to thank Juliette Gill and everyone else from SANER who was involved most sincerely for making it possible.
    • Guest BCF
      I have never got nudity and sex mixed up.  i have worked in and around Hospitals for over 45 years and there need not be a relationship between acts of sex and people being naked.  Many young people are brought up in an environment of fear and anxiety with regards to nudity.  i have brought up my family to think that being naked is how we enter this world and there is nothing to be worried about being nude.  I have enjoyed nudity in many countries and find those who practice it to be polite respectful and, may i suggest, well educated.   
    • Richard Dyer
      Yes, I absolutely agree. The CPS guidelines assume 'normal standards' to be something that is not normal to naturists, and that therefore it must be 'disorderly'. Such an assumption is prejudicial and insulting to naturists.  The so called normal standards of society covers such a broad range of behavior that it is meaningless. For example, it might be said that wearing shoes is a normal standard. And if this is true, somebody who goes barefoot might be accused of being disorderly. But feet are a part of the body subject to somewhat less body hatred, so the charge is reduced to ridicule - which does not result in prosecution, but is just as much a form of bullying. 
    • johnrw
      FYI... The full version of the article "Policing 2018 Onwards" may be found at https://www.bn.org.uk/blogs/entry/1560-policing-2018-onwards/ John  
    • barbirolli
      Absolutely sound advice, which everyone should follow. The law is that everyone is entitled to take photographs from a public place, or a private one where permission is granted for photography. There are very few exceptions, such as photographs of MoD land, and some locations where commercial (as opposed to private) photography needs a licence. As a photographer (principally of transport subjects and buildings, but not exclusively so) I have had countless arguments with people (including the police) questioning my right to take photographs. All have been successfully rebutted. It is a common misconception that pictures of children are forbidden. They are equally lawful as are pictures of adults. Since Naturism is a perfectly ordinary pursuit, the general rule still applies: photographs taken from a public place, or a private one with permission, are lawful, children present or not. Now, the use to which such pictures might be put, is a different question, but that is a whole other issue. Allen
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