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UK screen industries issue guidelines on harassment and bullying

More than 20 groups have been involved in drawing up the principles

British film and TV organisations have issued a new set of guidelines on harassment and bullying in the wake of the #TimesUp campaign.

More than 20 organisations. led by the BFI and BAFTA, have been involved in the consultation which calls for training programmes on abuse and the setup of a 24-hour helpline which will be introduced in April.

The guidelines include eight core principles covering employer and employee responsibilities, the first principle being that “everyone is responsible for creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace.” Others include commitments to acknowledge and eradicate bullying and harassment, to provide protection, and to take action where appropriate. They call for confidentiality to be respected where possible, and state there should be no reprisals against complainants. No concessions are to be made to rank or role.

The principles have been backed by many key female figures in the entertainment industry including BFI CEO Amanda Nevill, BAFTA chief executive Amanda Nevill, producer Barbara Broccoli and actress Emma Watson.

The guidelines will be reviewed every six months to ensure they continues to be fit for purpose and are positively addressing the needs of the industry.