The government has set out an action plan on bullying in the creative industries built on the three planks of ‘prevent’, ‘protect’ and ‘monitor’.
The DCMS has tasked the Creative Industries Federation to lead on the duty of care plan, which was outlined at a roundtable convened by culture minister Caroline Dinenage and attended by representatives from industry bodies including the CIF, Pact, Bectu, British Actors Network, Bafta and the BFI.
The CFI will report to the government on the three areas, starting with drawing up cross-industry initiatives and codes of conduct that will address bullying, harassment and discrimination.
In the ‘protect’ strand, it will explore ways of ensuring victims can access support and advice, while the ‘monitor’ label encompasses ways of ensuring the creative industries examine and learn from these initiatives effectively over the long term.
Yesterday, Sky outlined how it had strengthened its own safeguarding policies, with new training requirements and anonymous exit interviews for all cast and crew working on its in-house and third-party productions.
The measures come in the wake of allegations of inappropriate behaviour by actor/writer/director Noel Clarke and comedy producer Charlie Hanson and a “toxic culture” at Manchester indie Gobstopper under founder Ross McCarthy.