Guide to using audio clips

Your guide to using audio clips to enhance children's profiles on Be My Parent online

When might an audio clip be helpful? Like a video clip, an audio clip may add another dimension to a written online profile, and help subscribing families to 'connect' more with the child they are reading about.

Audio clips may be useful when you do not have the technical or financial means to provide or commission a video clip, or there are security reasons why you do not wish the child to be identified visually (i.e. from a photograph or video clip).

New to recording audio clips? Not sure where to start? See below.

Technical requirements
Top tips
Getting the clip to us
What next?

Technical requirements

File formats accepted: MP3
File size: Ideally around 3MB, but no more than 10MB
Length: No more than 3 minutes

If the clip does not meet the Be My Parent standards of privacy and security of the child, or of sound quality, we may ask you to edit or replace it, or we may decide not to use it if you are unable to provide a suitable alternative.

Top tips

  • Be aware of background noises from things like television, radio, music or passing traffic.
  • Ideally, try to use an external microphone. If using an internal microphone built into the video camera, make sure that the child, or whoever is speaking, is close enough.
  • Avoid having more than one person talking at the same time.
  • Avoid any identifying features, such as use of full names, addresses, town of residence.
  • You can include quotes/interviews with the child, their foster carer, their social worker, their teacher, etc.
  • Put quotes into context, e.g. "I am Shane’s foster carer, Mary. Here is Shane talking for a few minutes about his favourite hobbies..."
  • Let the child speak for him or herself without prompting.

Getting the clip to us

Please send the clip by post on DVD or CD Rom. Remember to make a copy before you send the clip, or send it by special delivery.

What next?

Go on to complete your referral to Be My Parent online.

Last updated: 27 April 10

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