I'm a freelance social-documentary photographer working in the UK. I'm currently commissioned by a third-sector organisation to photograph other third-sector organisations at work. Typically for these things, much of the organisation falls to me. And, naturally this kind of work brings me in contact with children and vulnerable adults. Mostly, as I'm never left alone with any of the participants, I've not needed to have a DBS check. But now, I'm being asked by one organisation for an enhanced DBS. There seems to be two problems with this:
(1) Only employers can request an enhanced DBS check. I cannot request one myself. It's questionable that the body commissioning me can be classed as my employer.
(2) Assuming the organisation who commissioned me can be considered my employer, it seems that temporary workers cannot apply for an enhanced check. As I'll only be in the place in question for a few hours, I don't think I can be classed as anything but a temporary worker. Which means, the only BDS check I can get is the basic one.
Does anyone have any experience of this? Can anyone confirm if my understanding of the issues is correct?
I realise this is not strictly a photography question, but, I'm assuming I'm not the first working professional photographer who's come up against this.