Love Island 2019: ITV reveals details of care process just weeks before launch

Love Island will see a new group of hopefuls looking for love enter the villa next month and ITV have taken steps to ensure the contestants are well looked after.

Ahead of the series launch on June 3, ITV have shared details of their care processes with the production team continuing to be involved in the processes.

The key changes this year are – enhanced psychological support, more detailed conversations with potential Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show, bespoke training for all Islanders on social media and financial management and a proactive aftercare package which extends our support to all Islanders following their participation.

Creative Director ITV Studios Entertainment Richard Cowles said: “We’re very excited that Love Island is back for another series.

“It is the nation’s favourite dating show and we have a fabulous new cast of young singles all looking for love and ready for a summer of romance in the iconic Love Island villa.

“The format of the new series will be familiar to Love Island viewers and we can’t wait to see how the new Islanders take to life in the villa and how relationships blossom.

“We hope that viewers will be hooked as they watch these young singles fall in love – hopefully it will be a summer to remember for both the Islanders and our viewers.

“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.

“Also, as we are outlining today our welfare processes follow three key stages: pre-filming, filming and aftercare and we are increasing our post filming support to help Islanders following their time in villa.”

Eight months ago, the Love Island team consulted with Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Litchfield who has extensive experience in the area of mental health, to independently review and evolve and enhance the care processes.

He said: “I have reviewed Love Island’s duty of care processes from end to end and they show a degree of diligence that demonstrates the seriousness with which this is taken by the production team.”

“The aim throughout has been to identify vulnerabilities at an early stage so that necessary adjustments can be made or potential Islanders can be advised that the show is not right for them,” Dr Paul 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.”

The duty of care process throughout the filming of season five will see a psychological consultant engaged throughout the whole series as well as thorough pre-filming psychological and medical assessments.”

Islanders will also be 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.

ITV have added cast are told to 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.

Taking care of the islanders after the series has ended, ITV will provide bespoke training on dealing with social media and advice on finance and adjusting to life back home.

Each islander will also receive a minimum of eight therapy sessions which will be provided when they return home and will remain in contact with ITV for a period of 14 months up to the end of the next series.

Love Island returns June 3 on ITV at 9pm.

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