How do I prevent others from being bullied?

The BFI’s set of principles to prevent bullying in the screen industries states ‘everyone is responsible for creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace that is positive and supportive’.

When joining an organisation or starting on a production, everyone should be made aware of anti-bullying procedures and feel supported to speak up about inappropriate behaviour.

If you’re an employer

Every employer has a responsibility to their employees, including freelancers and contractors, for their safety and wellbeing. Smaller companies may not have formal policies in place but the BFI’s Dignity At Work policy template can be adapted to create more inclusive and safer workplaces.

Resources for employers

BFI in partnership with BAFTA

This new resource lists simple, achievable actions to prevent bullying at work. Recommends resources, training and how to demonstrate your commitment

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BFI in partnership with BAFTA

A set of nine principles for industry leaders and organisations to commit to in order to tackle bullying, harassment and racism in the workplace

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BFI in partnership with BAFTA

Practical workplace guide to tackle bullying, specific to the ways of working in film, games and TV industries

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BFI in partnership with BAFTA

A template policy for workplaces, productions and festivals. To be used with the BFI's Guidance and Principles

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Pact

Create your own policy and show your commitment to treating employees well. If you're a Pact member, you can access their template

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The Old Vic

Guardians are trained staff that offer a confidential outlet for colleagues to share concerns about behaviour. The BFI have introduced the scheme. Find out how you can too

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#WeShallNotBeRemoved

A guide for arts and entertainment sectors to support disability inclusion. Building on the #InclusiveRecoveryCampaign

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Inclusive Cinema

A practical guide for improving the experiences of people of colour in the cinema industries, to include audiences, staff and filmmakers

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Acas

This set of resources is designed for employers to consult when setting minimum standards of fairness. Also used by employment tribunals

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Comedy 50:50

This initative aims to address the gender imbalance in comedy, through changes to the working culture. Their Code of Conduct, outlines expected professional boundaries and behaviours

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If you’re running a production

Setting the tone of the working culture and making reporting processes clear at the beginning of a production, can help your crew understand what’s expected of them and gives them permission to speak up about inappropriate behaviour.

At the Film and TV Charity we’re working on a Toolkit for the life-cycle of a production that will help create ‘mentally healthy’ productions. Here are other guides that can help create open, inclusive and psychologically safe environments.

Resources for creating safe and inclusive productions

BFI in partnership with BAFTA and BIFA

If you are applying for BFI, or wish to be eligible for certain BAFTA or BIFA awards, you must meet these standards. The aim is to encourage behavioural change and more inclusive practices

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ScreenSkills

A guide written by Producer, Gareth Ellis-Unwin, from the perspective of having implemented the BFI diversity standards on recent productions

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Raising Films

Guidelines on how to make productions fully inclusive for parents and carers. Covers the full production life-cycle from development to distribution

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If you’re a team leader

A line manager’s behaviour and the culture they create in their team is the biggest influence on an employee’s work experience’, according to the CIPD. Setting the tone of the workplace and early intervention are key to ensuring situations don’t escalate.

Resources to help team leaders

CIPD

The professional body for HR and people development has a range of support materials to help you handle conflict and people management

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Acas

Offers practical advice to help prevent bullying and harassment. Covers informal approaches, mediation and disciplinary procedures

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Are there any resources out there that we’ve missed? Or any information that would be useful to you that we can share in the future? Get in touch [email protected]