Directors’ trade body Directors UK, has launched a handbook to help film and TV directors identify and stop bullying and harassment on set.
The guidebook aims to tackle workplace misconduct and help directors deal with scenarios of bullying and harassment, "as a victim, witness or perpetrator."
Designed to be a ‘best practice’ guide for directors, the handbook provides legal definitions of ‘bullying’ and ‘harassment’, as well as practical advice and information to help prevent, identify and address negative behaviour if it does occur.
Directors UK has launched the handbook as it says that, as the creative lead on a production, directors have a vital role in creating a good environment for cast and crew. However, as freelancers, they’re often unlikely to have access to HR resources.
Andrew Chowns, Directors UK’s Chief Executive said: “This guidance handbook for directors offers practical advice and support to help deal with abusive attitudes and behaviours within the industry. Everyone has the right to work in a safe professional environment, and it is essential that there is a shared understanding of what are respectful and inclusive working practices and valuable guidance on how to deal with abusive behaviour.”
Director Susanna White, Vice Chair of DUK and Chair of the Film Committee said: “Now, more than ever, as the spotlight has been focused on poor or criminal behaviour within our industry, we must lead by example and ensure our own behaviour and attitudes are reflective and considerate, to encourage and inspire others within the industry to create a safe working environment for all.”
Bullying & Harassment: A Handbook for Screen Directors is available on the Directors UK website. For additional information visit the Directors UK website at directors.uk.com/campaigns/bullying-and-harassment
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