With ITV2's immensely popular reality show Love Island set to return next month, the broadcaster has come forward with an updated aftercare process.
The series has been in the headlines over the past few months for all the wrong reasons, following criticism of its aftercare procedures in the wake of the tragic deaths of former cast members Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.
Outlining its approach this year, ITV has announced enhanced psychological support for those taking part, training for all cast members on financial management and social media, plus in-depth conversations with all involved about the impact that participation can have on their lives.
In addition, a minimum of eight therapy sessions are available to each Islander once they return home from the villa, with proactive contact being kept up for 14 months after the series ends.
Richard Cowles – creative director at ITV studios entertainment – said in a statement: "Due to the success of the show our Islanders can find themselves in the public eye following their appearance. We really want to make sure they have given real consideration to this and what appearing on TV entails.
"Discussing all of this with us forms a big part of the casting process and, ultimately, their decision to take part."
Physician Dr Paul Litchfield, who has been working with Love Island to enhance its duty of care, added: "A high level of professional expertise has been engaged to provide comprehensive support not only while young people are actively engaged with the show but also for an extended period when they are adjusting to life thereafter.
"Professional input is a key element in safeguarding the wellbeing of Islanders but the genuine caring attitudes I have observed from those who make the show are as important."
Love Island returns to ITV2 on Monday, June 3.
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