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Creative UK Launch It’s Not Ok E-Learning Module as Part of New Bullying and Harassment Resource Hub

MU Members are encouraged to engage with the free, online module which is aimed at raising awareness and providing support for those working in the creative industries.

Published: 07 December 2023 | 4:47 PM
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"I would encourage all of our members, and all musicians to engage with the module". Image credit: Shutterstock.

Last week Creative UK launched It’s NOT OK, a new free to use e-learning module to help give the creative industries the tools to call out and tackle bullying and harassment.

The It’s NOT OK module aims to inform workers in the industry about these prevalent issues and offer guidance to where and whom people can approach for help.

John Shortell, MU Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion said: “I would encourage all of our members, and all musicians to engage with the module to learn more about what bullying and harassment is and where to find resources and support if you do experience these behaviours”.

Find out more and start the online module.

More about Creative UK’s bullying and harassment resource hub

Since June 2021, senior leaders within the creative industries have been working with the UK Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to convene a series of industry roundtables with representatives from film and television, music, advertising, games, publishing, theatre, and fashion along with key unions, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), and people with lived experience of bullying, harassment and discrimination.

Chaired by Caroline Norbury OBE, the CEO of Creative UK, roundtable members have come together to develop responses across three distinct areas: prevent, protect and monitor, regarding bullying and harassment across the industry.

  1. Under prevent, industry has developed codes of conduct and a new e-learning module launched last week.
  2. Under protect, the Creative Industries Independent Standards Authority (CIISA) is under development and will lead the industry’s response to addressing incidents of bullying and harassment.
  3. Under monitor, the CIISA is seeking to bring together existing sub sector data to establish a baseline that paints a picture of the levels of BHD behaviour in the industry, with a view to understanding what interventions are working to shift behaviour and cement culture and behaviour change.

The most recent roundtable was attended by Rt. Hon Lucy Frazer MP KCE, Secretary of State for the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and Sir John Whittingdale, Minister for Creative Industries, where the new e-learning module was presented to raise awareness and help prevent incidents of bullying and harassment.

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