Safer Festival Policy

Welcome to the Edinburgh TV Festival

At its heart, the TV Festival is a celebration of creativity and inclusivity. We exist to bring people together to share ideas, celebrate achievements, and help the industry to be the best in can be.

The Festival is a place for learning and inspiration, heated debates, differing opinions and of course, lively parties.
However, the Festival is not a place for inappropriate, disruptive, or abusive behaviour, either in person or online. We are committed to providing an environment that is welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all Festival guests and delegates, and for all team members and volunteers. We are all responsible for our own actions, and we are all entitled to a safe Festival experience.

By participating in Festival events, you agree to respect and embrace our shared code of conduct. We will not tolerate harassment or harmful behaviour in any form. This includes, but is not limited to:

• Offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, or religion, in person or via online platforms
• Deliberate intimidation
• Harassing photography
• Sustained disruption of talks or other events
• Inappropriate physical contact
• Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
• Unwelcome touching or sexual attention
• Invasions of private space and personal boundaries
• Violence or aggression
• Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour

ETF will act if it feels any individual or group has failed to meet the standards set by this Code of Conduct, including but not limited to revoking the individual or group's Festival passes without refund.

If at any time you are made to feel unsafe, if you experience or witness a violation of this Code of Conduct at the Festival please contact a member of staff, venue security or volunteer – they can be easily identified by their badges. They will help or find someone who can.
If you tell us about an incident, your immediate safety will be our first priority. We will listen from a position of belief and keep what you have told us in confidence unless otherwise agreed. We will recommend support services and agencies as appropriate.

If you prefer to let us know about your concerns in writing, please contact confidential@thetvfestival.com

We welcome any comments and suggestions that can help us to develop our Safer Festival Policy.

Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre

17 Claremont Crescent, Edinburgh, EH7 4HX

0131 557 6737 | info@ercc.scot

We offer free and confidential emotional and practical support, information and advocacy to women, all members of the trans community, non-binary people and young people aged 12-18 in Edinburgh, East and Midlothian, who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. This includes, rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, childhood sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation.

Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline

Helpline: 08088 01 03 02

Call free between 6pm and midnight

The helpline offers free and confidential support and information by phone or email. It is for anyone, women and men, affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. We can also put you in touch with local rape crisis centres or other services if you need longer-term support. We have a deaf access service on Tuesday afternoons – click here for more information. We can arrange for language interpreters if your first language is not English.

National Rape Crisis

Helpline: 0808 802 9999

Hours: 12:00 -2:30pm and 7.00 - 9:30pm every day of the year.

The Helpline can provide support and information about local Rape Crisis services and is accessible 365 days a year to women who have survived any form of sexual violence, no matter how long ago. We offer specialised, confidential support, information and referral details completely free of charge. The helpline is also available to provide an immediate source of support to friends and family of survivors, as well as other professionals, to help them understand how best to support female survivors of sexual violence.

https://rapecrisis.org.uk/

Useful contacts and information

For emergencies, immediately dial 999. Non-emergencies dial 1010

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