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Legal Guides - Public Place Naturism June 2018


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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.

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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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What's New in Version June 2018   See changelog

Released

Updated to reflect the latest guidance in June 2018

(Corrected typos in May 2018 version.)

(Corrected typo in June 2018 E&W version.)

 




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I find the CVPS guidlines mostly helpful, but the following quote troubles me, "Given that someone conducting their business naked in public is acting in a way that does not conform to the normal standards of society that require people to be clothed in public, 'disorderly' would appear to most aptly describe this behaviour". I strongly disagree that simply doing anything that is not seen as the norm is disorderly. I could name a score of things people do in public every day that I wouldn't regard as normal but I wouldn't call them disorderly, just strange or unusual. This one sentence skews the balance against naturism and towards intolerance. I would welcome B.N. comments and hope for campaign efforts to modify this stance.

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The British Naturism Foundation talks as if English law covers the United Kingdom. It does not.  It would useful, and less racist, to include the situation North of the border. Thank you

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1 hour ago, Guest Jock609 said:

The British Naturism Foundation talks as if English law covers the United Kingdom. It does not.  It would useful, and less racist, to include the situation North of the border. Thank you

Hello Jock609,

As indicated in the description, there are two versions of the guide, one covering English and Welsh Law and the other covering Scottish Law.  If you click on the 'download this file' button you can choose which one you require.

Many thanks

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Richard Dyer

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On 24/10/2017 at 17:25, Guest corporal said:

I find the CVPS guidlines mostly helpful, but the following quote troubles me, "Given that someone conducting their business naked in public is acting in a way that does not conform to the normal standards of society that require people to be clothed in public, 'disorderly' would appear to most aptly describe this behaviour". I strongly disagree that simply doing anything that is not seen as the norm is disorderly. I could name a score of things people do in public every day that I wouldn't regard as normal but I wouldn't call them disorderly, just strange or unusual. This one sentence skews the balance against naturism and towards intolerance. I would welcome B.N. comments and hope for campaign efforts to modify this stance.

Full agreement. But some people's reactions to public nudity could be described as disorderly, or at least disrespectful or bullying. In most cases this would be due to ignorance, they think the law supports their Prudism. This pocket legal guide will help enlighten those people.

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Won't let me download English version. Tells me file is corrupted.  Can you email it please? 

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Event Horizon

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10 hours ago, Guest Downloads said:

Won't let me download English version. Tells me file is corrupted.  Can you email it please? 

Should be a PDF file. This document is being updated by the end of May 2018.

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Richard Dyer

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On 24/10/2017 at 17:25, Guest corporal said:

I find the CVPS guidlines mostly helpful, but the following quote troubles me, "Given that someone conducting their business naked in public is acting in a way that does not conform to the normal standards of society that require people to be clothed in public, 'disorderly' would appear to most aptly describe this behaviour". I strongly disagree that simply doing anything that is not seen as the norm is disorderly. I could name a score of things people do in public every day that I wouldn't regard as normal but I wouldn't call them disorderly, just strange or unusual. This one sentence skews the balance against naturism and towards intolerance. I would welcome B.N. comments and hope for campaign efforts to modify this stance.

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. 

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