Trade union Bectu has called for productions to employ on-set safeguarding officers following recent allegations of bullying and sexual harrasment in the TV and film industry.

In her address to Bectu Conference today, head of Bectu Philippa Childs said: “Recently, we have had to respond to the shocking allegations of sexual harassment and bullying levelled against Noel Clarke in a shocking Guardian investigation. The fact that this behaviour is still going on in plain sight has caused reverberations and anger across the industry.

“Bectu is clear. Studios, Broadcasters and Production companies must put their money where their mouth is to tackle bullying and harassment wherever it occurs and however powerful the perpetrators.

“If money can be found to fund Covid Supervisors, then money can be found to fund a safeguarding officer who is on set, trained and experienced. There to support the workforce and empowered to root out bullying and harassment and identify perpetrators.

“Unless we take this moment to demand action then nothing will change.”

Jon Creamer