Love Island and ITV have officially announced their care of duty process ahead of season 5.

The latest Love Island season will launch on Monday, June 3rd, marking at least eight weeks of sun-soaked drama, life-changing celebrity status and social media-conquering power couples.

However, not everyone has been impressed that the dating show has been allowed to air, following the death of multiple cast members in suspected suicides over the past few years.

Here’s everything we know about the Love Island duty of care policy for 2019…

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 21: (L-R) Mike Thalassitis and Megan McKenna attend Kisstory On The Common 2018 at Streatham Common on July 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Why is the Love Island duty of care such an issue?

The duty of care system at Love Island has been under intense scrutiny of late.

Season 2 contestant Sophie Gradon passed away in 2018 aged 32, with police suspect it was suicide.

A year later on March 16th, 2019, season 3 star Mike Thalassitis also took his own life.

It has been widely reported that both of the Love Island stars struggled with the mental pressure of celebrity stardom, with many people calling on Love Island to reevaluate their duty of care system.

Likewise, ITV series The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled in May after a guest died 10 days after appearing on the show, again of a suspected suicide.

What is Love Island duty of care policy?

ITV announced the duty of care process for series 5 via a press release.

The system in place is designed to manage the welfare of the Islanders, helping them in pre-screening, filming and after the show.

Love Island: Pre filming and filming

– Psychological consultant engaged throughout the whole series – from pre-filming to aftercare.
– Thorough pre-filming psychological and medical assessments including assessments by an independent doctor, psychological consultant and discussion with each Islander’s own GP to check medical history.
– Potential Islanders are required to fully disclose any relevant medical history that would be relevant to their inclusion in the villa and the production’s ability to provide a suitable environment for them.
– Managing cast expectations: detailed explanations both verbally and in writing of the implications, both positive and negative, of taking part in the series are given to potential cast members throughout the casting process and reinforced within the contract so it is clear.
– The cast are told they should consider all the potential implications of taking part in the show and work through this decision-making process in consultation with their family and those closest to them, to ensure they feel it is right for them.
– Senior Team on the ground have received training in Mental Health First Aid.
– A welfare team solely dedicated to the Islanders both during the show and after.

Love Island: Aftercare

– Bespoke training on dealing with social media and advice on finance and adjusting to life back home.
– A minimum of eight therapy sessions will be provided to each Islander when they return home.
– Proactive contact with islanders for a period of 14 months up until the end of the next series. This means contact with the Islander will last for 14 months after the series in which they have appeared has ended, with additional help provided where applicable.
– We encourage Islanders to secure management to represent them after the show and manage them should they choose to take part in other TV shows, advertising campaigns or other public appearance opportunities.

 

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