Wellbeing on set

Those working in Production and Development appeared to face acute risk factors for their mental wellbeing at work, including extreme working hours, high levels of bullying, and high incidence of sexual harassment compared with averages across the survey” The Looking Glass Report, The Work Foundation 2020

There is much we need to do to improve working practices on set. We are developing a Toolkit for Mentally Healthy Productions to help guide the industry to do this, and are piloting elements of this resource to ensure it’s co-designed with the people on the ground.  We’ve learned that ‘setting the tone’ at the start of a production and having senior leadership fully on board with the approach has been key to creating a safe and open culture

If you’re interested in learning more, email; [email protected]

 

Create a healthy working culture from the start

Simple and handy Workplace Wellbeing Policy template from 6ft From The Spotlight, to help you create a wellbeing policy that's suitable for any workplace

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A code of conduct for Directors UK members setting out a framework of behaviour and standards expected of their members with examples of best practice

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The BFI have created this practical guide to prevent bullying, harassment and racism in the screen industries includes examples to help you identify inappropriate behaviour

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30 min e-learning module from ScreenSkills designed to help you recognise and address harassment and bullying behaviours in yourself and others

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FWD-Doc have created this toolkit for inclusion and accessibility in documentary film. It covers case studies, expert testimony, plus tips and strategies to bring about real change

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Guidelines, suggestions and ideas from Raising Films on how to make the full life-span of a production fully inclusive for parents and/or carers

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Promote healthy working conditions

Employers have a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work by doing a risk assessment. HSE provides a simple and easy to use template for employers

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Join the 30/30 campaign spearheaded by Bectu and help raise awareness that excessive prep and wrap is not sustainable and makes the working day too long for those working in TV Drama

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Share My Telly Job is a community built for TV Freelancers looking for a better work-life balance. Here you can access a wealth of information and advice for individuals and employers

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Be part of The Time Project to help create a real picture of working hours in TV with this anonymous data collection tool to improve working patterns in the television industry

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Bectu is campaigning for productions to decrease hours to improve productivity, safety and work life balance in the film and TV industries. Sign the petition here

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Provide support on set

Download the Film and TV Charity's support resources and add them to call sheets, in studios, on the back of the loo door, so everyone knows how to access free and confidential support

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Wellbeing Facilitators are a third party, highly trained presence on set on suitable productions with the role of caring for the wellbeing of the cast and crew. Find out more on 6ft From The Spotlight's website

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Did we miss any?

If there are resources out there that we’ve missed, or information you’d like to see included in the future, send your suggestions to our team

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