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  1. Legal Guides - Public Place Naturism

    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.
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  2. Legal Guide - Children and Photography

    Legal Guide - Children and Photography
    Photography of naked people, including children is Lawful.   The Law is very specific in terms of what constitutes an “indecent image” but frequently police officers have used part of Category C which covers “other” i.e. anything else they are not sure about, to decide that family Naturist photographs which include children without clothes fall into this category. This is an error - only a jury can finally make this decision.   If any member is arrested or questioned about photographs in their possession, and is confident that these are simply Naturist photos of family/friends, taken in private houses/gardens or in public at a Naturist event or resort, please refer to the guide.

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  3. BN Children Deserve Better Report 2016

    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:
     

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  4. What is Naturism?

    What is Naturism leaflet, available for you to download.

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  5. South West Region Leaflet

    The South West is well known for its natural beauty and it has some of the finest of Britain’s Naturist Clubs, which have their own permanent sites, and its Swimming Clubs which hire facilities in hotels or local authority swimming pools, usually for year-round naturism.
    This leaflet details many of the Naturist options in the Southwest. It includes clubs, swims, places to stay, plus Contact details.
     

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  6. How to Talk About Naturism

    Our 'Just One Person' campaign renews the focus on telling friends and others about Naturism. Here is an updated version of "How to Talk about Naturism" to help you in those conversations. It is a document that helps us all to deliver the same, consistent message about Naturism, answer queries, deal with the awkward questions, emphasise the good things, dispel the myths and misunderstandings - and inspire people to get involved, or, at least, change their perception.
    It's a useful crib sheet when talking to friends, family, neighbours, work-colleagues, the Media, people in Authority, venue owners and managers and more.
    We keep it constantly under review, so please let us know as and when changes are required.
    (Note - original name of document: "Our Promotional Messages")

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  7. Naturist Beach Users - Guide for Local Authorities - Coastal Management

    British Naturism's Guide for Local Authorities advising them on considerations for Naturist users of Beaches. Currently many beaches used by naturists are remote and difficult to access which causes particular problems for families and the mobility impaired. The document concludes with suggestions on appropriate signs for clothing optional beaches.

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  8. Spa and Sauna Briefing

    It is more healthy to be naked when using saunas and steam rooms. Many UK spas have a 'costume mandatory' policy whereas most other European countries enforce a ‘no costume’ rule at their spas, placing hygiene before prudery. Shower naked whenever possible and use soap; a quick rinse over a costume will achieve very little and won’t get rid of invisible faecal matter and bacteria. These pathogens mix with sweat under swim wear and then seep onto the benches of the sauna or steam room.
    Spas and saunas provide an excellent and appropriate opportunity to try social nudity and change these attitudes. Nudity should be encouraged at spas, as one of the many places where clothing is not only un-necessary but is also less healthy.

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  9. Garden Naturism and the Law

    Garden Naturism and the Law - Neighbours should show both consideration and mutual tolerance to one another - in particular, simple nudity is not illegal. A neighbour who makes trouble for a person practising naturism may be guilty of various offences. The Law is being continually strengthened with respect to Equalities, Human Rights and the Protection of Freedoms.
     

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  10. Statistics on Naturists in the UK

    About 1 person in 4 has swum nude and nearly as many have sunbathed nude. One in five has seen a neighbour nude and a similar number have themselves been nude in their garden. Two thirds said that garden nudity should be legal. At least 1.2 million people describe themselves as being a naturist which is roughly the same as the membership of the Church of England but it could be double that number.
    It is extremely difficult to determine how many naturists there are without a high quality survey. When naturists get dressed the disguise is perfect and naturists do sometimes encounter appalling prejudice so most are very careful whom they let know. Naturism is much more popular and much more generally acceptable than many people believe.

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  11. Public Attitudes on Naturism

    Surveys show that the public are much more accepting and supportive of naturism than is often portrayed in the media. Most people who do not even go naked at home or on foreign beaches consider naturists as harmless. There is only a tiny, but vocal, minority who consider that the law should be invoked. Levels of participation are also much higher than most people expect and they would be higher still if it wasn't for fear of prejudice.

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  12. UNICEF on teenage sexual behaviour

    The Netherlands reduced teenage pregnancy rates by a factor of four, in little more than a generation, by following the evidence. Why then is the UK doing the opposite?

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  13. Why Join BN?

    Yes I love being a Naturist – but why do I need to join a national organisation? 
    BN’s Andrew Welch answers the question...

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  14. BN Naturist Beliefs

    A Statement of Naturist Beliefs compiled from BN Forum inputs in 2010. It has subsequently been accepted as a guideline document by the INF.
    As naturists we have been confident in the value of our lifestyle for a very long time and there has been general agreement about why. This statement attempts to state those beliefs and to indicate why naturism is so important, both for us and for society as a whole.
    Not every naturist will agree with all of it, and there will probably be argument about some of it, but that is no different from any other belief system. For some naturists it will form part of a religion but for others it will be part of their philosophy or life without any religious connotations.
    The first paragraph is intended as a short statement which can be used on its own:
    Naturists believe that nudity is an enjoyable, natural and moral state which brings benefits to themselves and to society at large.

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  15. Prejudice against Naturism

    Naturism is non-sexual nudity often but not necessarily in a social context. Unfortunately there are some people unable to distinguish between nudity and sex, who deliberately confuse the two in order to further their own agenda or who are just simply prejudiced. There are often enormous differences between perceived public opinion and actual public opinion. Not surprisingly this leads to problems.

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  16. Censorship

    Few people appreciate just how much censorship there is, how many censors there are, and how woefully lacking is transparency and accountability. The right to free speech and the right to be protected from harm are valueless if there is no effective way to protect those rights. It is quite unacceptable that avoiding mild embarrassment to a minority of adults should result in widespread and all too often serious harm to children and young people.

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  17. So are there Christian Naturists?

    There certainly are! Lots of them! Every time we hold a Christian act of worship at a Naturist event or campsite, there’s no shortage of participants. Naturist Christians believe that Naturism is perfectly in keeping with their faith and, more than that, that Naturism deepens their relationship with God.

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  18. Health and Well-being of Young People

    There is a commonly held view, despite polling evidence to the contrary, that most people are offended by nudity and think that some parts of the body are so inherently shameful that they must be kept secret. It allows people who are embarrassed by the human body to wield influence out of all proportion to their numbers and for taboos and prejudice to take precedence over social good. The euphemism “naughty bits” clearly illustrates the problem.
    The consequences of body embarrassment are well established and the mechanisms well understood but there is incredible reluctance to face up to the implications.

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  19. Equality Act 2010 – General principles

    Most of the Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1 October 2010. It is a large and complex Act which has numerous implications for both naturist clubs and individual naturists. It merges and extends several earlier acts and it removes anomalies and loopholes. This note is not legal advice. Ask a lawyer for that.

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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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