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Safeguarding and Anti-harassment Resources for Festivals

We value our multigenerational folk festivals and we believe that everyone has a right to feel safe when attending them. We are calling on festivals across the UK to display and implement proper safeguarding and anti-harassment policies and measures.

In the UK, nearly half of female festival goers (43%) under 40 years old say they have faced unwanted sexual behaviour at a music festival.

Therefore, we are asking festivals to urgently take measures to show and properly implement safeguarding and anti-harassment policies to help ensure the safety and well-being of attendees, including children and young people, performers, volunteers, and staff.

Festivals! Here’s what you can do:

  • Check out our list of resources below for creating and implementing your policies, and for examples of good practice.

  • Get in touch with us or The BIT Collective, our sister organisation in Scotland. We are happy to point you towards further resources for creating your safeguarding and anti-harassment policies.

  • Speak out! Be proactive in letting people know where to go for help at your festival. You can display information across your site, including in food & drinks areas and toilets.

Audiences! Are you attending a festival this year? Does the festival you’re going to have a safeguarding policy? If not, ask them to do better by sharing these resources:


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