DBS Checks for Photographers

Can you get DBS checks for photographers? Are DBS Checks for Photographers essential?

People who are working as Photographers will be eligible for different levels of DBS Check, depending on who they will be working with, and in what setting.

As a photographer, you may think that a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is not necessary, as your job does not involve working with vulnerable groups. However, a DBS check is still essential for photographers who work with children or vulnerable adults, as it helps to provide reassurance to clients and demonstrates that you are a trustworthy professional. In this article, we will explore why DBS checks for photographers in certain settings can vary and what the process involves.

DBS Checks for photographers

DBS Checks For Photographers Working in Schools, Nurseries or Care Homes

If the applicant will be working frequently in schools, nurseries or care homes, then they will be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS Check.

What Do Enhanced DBS Checks Show?

Enhanced DBS checks show a history of all:

  • Spent and Unspent Convictions.
  • Final Warnings.
  • Reprimands.
  • Any information the local police consider relevant for disclosure.

DBS Checks for Photographers Working in Hospitals or Hospices (With Access To Patients)

If the photographer will be working in a hospital or hospice with access to patients, then they would legally need to get a Standard DBS check. You can find out more about how vulnerable patients are safeguarded by reading our article, Safeguarding Vulnerable Patients With DBS checks

What Does a Standard DBS Check Show?

Standard DBS Checks show both spent and unspent convictions, final warnings, as well as any reprimands the individual has.  

If there are any of these on the applicant’s check, they will be displayed on the certificate.  

DBS Checks For Photographers Working In A Studio

If a Photographer is working in a photographic studio and will have direct contact with children or vulnerable adults, the photographer should have an Enhanced DBS Check. Many photographic studios take this very seriously and will even display their DBS numbers on their website to show their professionalism and will produce their DBS certificates upon request.

DBS Checks For Photographers Working Elsewhere

If the photographer won’t be working in either of the above settings, then they will only be able to get a Basic DBS Check, although this isn’t legally required. Going above what is legally required and obtaining a DBS check can be reassuring for many people.

What Does a Basic DBS Check Show?

Basic DBS Checks show all unspent convictions, final warnings, and reprimands from the Police National Computer (PNC).

How Can Employers Get DBS Checks For Photographers?

If the applicant will be needing an Enhanced or Standard DBS Check, then only employers can request these on behalf of the applicant.

However, anyone can apply for the Basic DBS Check, including the applicant themselves.

With Aaron’s Department, getting a DBS check for your staff couldn’t be easier. Our easy-to-use, online DBS checking service allows you to get your staff to work faster than ever before.

You can read more about it on our Employer page, or to get started right away, use the sign-up button below.

Further Reading.

For further reading on DBS checks, why not read about our newest service, the update service. Automatic DBS Service Checking For Employers

The DBS Update Service is an official DBS online subscription service which allows employers to check whether there have been any changes to their employees’ Standard or Enhanced DBS certificates. This means employers only have to pay for new checks if there’s been a change to an employee’s record, as opposed to having to pay for regular checks.

Aaron’s Department provides an exclusive service that automatically checks to see if there have been any changes to an individual’s certificate, saving you the time and hassle of doing it yourself.

All you have to do is select who you want to have on the DBS Automatic Update Service, and we’ll start checking them daily for you. It really is as simple as that!

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us here at Aaron’s Department, contact@aaronsdepartment.com or call us on 0113 877 0171, we’re always happy to help

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