Sky said it ‘could and should do more’ to safeguard on set (Picture: Sky)
Sky has announced the introduction of new ‘enhanced on-set safeguarding measures’ after the sexual misconduct allegations made against Noel Clarke.
In April this year, 20 women accused Clarke, 45, of sexual harassment and bullying in a report.
After Clarke said in a statement that he was ‘deeply sorry’ for some of his actions, while denying ‘any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing’, it emerged that Sky had cancelled his police procedural Bulletproof ahead of its fourth series.
In a new blog post published on Sky’s website, Zai Bennett, managing director of content at Sky UK, and Jane Millichip, chief content officer at Sky Studios, outlined new strengthened safeguarding measures that are to be put in place on-set by Sky.
They opened their statement by saying that ‘recent allegations of sexual misconduct and other unacceptable behaviour on set in the TV industry have given us all reason to address what is and is not acceptable during production’.
‘This is a moment for the UK’s TV and Film industry to take stock and ensure we are doing all we can to prevent future occurrences of misconduct, and support those who have concerns they wish to raise,’ they said.
They wrote that while they believe that the firm ‘already has good and appropriate policies in place’ on set, they acknowledge that ‘we could and should do more’.
Independent production partners of Sky have been informed of the new measures, which will be in effect on all future productions straight away, they said.
The new measures include the introduction of a Safeguarding Representative on every production, who will ‘support production with information on policies and routes to report issues’, in addition to having ‘appropriate training on bullying and harassment in the workplace’.
Every member of cast and crew on Sky productions will have to do mandatory respect in the workplace online training, while they will also be given the opportunity to voice any concerns that they have in anonymous exit questionnaires.
Furthermore, every production will ensure that information on how to report concerns is clearly displayed in public areas such as cafeterias and private areas such as bathrooms and trailers.
This will guide people on how to contact Sky Listens, the Film and TV Charity’s reporting line, and how to speak to the Safeguarding Representative.
Bennett and Millichip also pointed out the safeguarding regulations that are already in place at Sky.
These include offering ‘confidential services for anyone working on our shows to report incidents’, focus on providing ‘equal opportunities’ and making sure that production partners adhere to anti-harassment and bullying policies.
The present measures also include ‘the provision of information on how the production will deal with mental health and wellbeing in the workplace’.
Credit: Original article published here.