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CRB's no longer needed by school photographers.
New legislation (Protection of Freedoms Act 2012) took effect on Monday, 10th September 2012 with the introduction of changes to 'Regulated Activity'. Effectively, because photographers are supervised whilst in schools and other similar establishments, and will not meet the frequent or intensive rule, there is no requirement for them to undertake a CRB check. However, we know it is ultimately for the Headteacher to determine whether a CRB check is required for a specific role within a school bearing in mind their legal and other responsibilities. Safeguarding the children in their care is of the utmost importance!
Schools & preschools are looking at SPP registration as a guide for new photographers.
School photographers have to take child and data protection very seriously, so as an association for our industry. We have been in discussion with the Criminal Record Bureau (CRB), the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) and Safeguarding Support Officers from various Councils about SchoolPhotoPRO (SPP) membership and the Code of Conduct our members are obliged adhere to. Basically, the response from all parties has been more than favourable. Below are just a few comments:
"The Terms and Conditions of registration to your association, that include recognition of ISA referral procedures will go a long way to reassure Headteachers that you take safeguarding matters seriously and that you are a professional organisation."
"I can confirm that we will be informing the Schools within [our] Local Authority that they are able to accept the registration from your professional school photographers association as an alternative to CRBs."
"From a HR perspective [SPP] registration is an additional level of safeguarding in the absence of eligibility for a CRB check. I can make schools aware of it in our newsletter."
Why schools, preschools, nurseries and playgroups like our membership standards.
By choosing a photographer who is a members of our professional association, schools, preschools and anywhere else children are present, can be sure they are using a dedicated photographer that operates under a strict Code of Conduct and constantly strives to improve the school photography service they provide. All this can help schools and preschools make a more informed choice about who they use for your next photo-session.