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For many years, I have had a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Certificate in force that has been available to clients where the photography of children has been involved.  In 2012, the CRB has been replaced by the Disclosure and Barring Service and it is not possible for me, as an individual to obtain a CRB certificate. This is only available to employers.  As a freelance photographer, I have many "employers" throughout the year which would make it extremely onerous and expensive for all of them to obtain a CRB certificate and report as and when required.

Secondly, it is not clear any more whether, as a photographer, I require a CRB check to photograph childrens' activities as, in the normal course of work, I am not left alone unsupervised with children, and not involved in any physical or direct contact.

Therefore, from 2013, we will not have a CRB certificate in force. Clients who engage our services should ensure that, where children or vulnerable people are involved, a CRB certified person is supervising and that the photographer does not breach their personal security or safety.

In all circumstances, organisers of events should alert parents and guardians to the fact that a photographer is taking pictures at the event and they should make it known if they do not wish their child to be photographed.

As the event organiser, you have the responsibility to ensure the safety of children and vulnerable people and I will work with you in this regard.  As a professional photographer, I am well aware of my responsibilities and the law.

Please contact me directly if you need any further information