Sheffield Doc/Fest Safer Festival Policy

Welcome to Sheffield Doc/Fest

We aim to create a safer festival, where we care and look out for each other. 

Through the documentaries we showcase and the talent we develop, we aim to celebrate difference, promote equality, and challenge injustice.

We are committed to providing an environment that is welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all festival guests and attendees, and for all team members and volunteers. 

Harassment or harmful behaviour has no place at our Festival.  We are all responsible for our own actions, and we are all entitled to a safe festival experience.

By attending Doc/Fest events, you agree to abide by and embrace our shared code of conduct. Anyone violating these principles will be asked to stop and are expected to comply immediately, and, at the discretion of the organisers, may be expelled from the event (without refund). Harassment can include, but is not limited to:

  • Abusive comments and insults
  • Prejudice (eg, related to gender identity and expression, sexuality, age, race, ethnicity, religion/belief, disability, physical appearance, body size, or socio-economic background);
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following;
  • Unwelcome touching or sexual attention;
  • Invasions of private space and personal boundaries;
  • Violence or aggression;
  • Harassing photography or recording;
  • Sustained disruption of events;
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviours.

We encourage all attendees to be active bystanders. 

During the festival, if you feel unsafe or unwelcome, notice someone else being harassed, or have any other concerns, you can tell a member of our staff or security. They will help or find someone who can. Every event will have a Doc/Fest representative in attendance and can be identified by their “staff” badges or t-shirts.

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 say in confidence until and if agreed otherwise, and can recommend relevant support agencies and services.

If you prefer to get in touch in writing, please email saferfestival [at]

This code of conduct applies both in-person and online.


Helpful Information

Helpful Information

South Yorkshire Police
Call 101 or if an emergency 999
You can report Hate Crime online via the South Yorkshire Police website but you can also report hate crime to other agencies if you prefer. There is a list of reporting centres online.

Hackenthorpe Lodge Sexual Assault Referral Centre
Helpline (24hr service): 0330 223 0938
Hackenthorpe Lodge SARC offers free support and practical help to anyone in South Yorkshire who has experienced sexual violence and/or sexual abuse.

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.

Stop Hate UK
Helpline: 0800 138 1625
Hours: 24 hours a day
Stop Hate UK offer independent and confidential Hate Crime reporting services in commissioned areas around the UK, whether you are a victim of Hate Crime, you have witnessed incident you believe to be a Hate Crime or you are a third party to an incident that could be a Hate Crime. There are a range of ways to report Hate Crime, either online, by text or by post.

Film + TV Charity
Helpline: 0800 054 0000
Hours: 24 hours a day
Problems and questions can arise at any time. They don’t wait until office hours. That’s why we bring you a 24/7 Support Line which is free and confidential. Any time of day or night, you can get in touch with us. Either pick up the phone, email or click online chat – whatever’s most comfortable for you. Feel free to contact our friendly and well-trained team about anxiety, harassment, mental health, financial troubles – we have lots of experience and can give you quick and discreet advice.

We welcome any comments and suggestions that can help us to develop our Safer Festival Policy: saferfestival [at]

(policy updated 18 Mar 2020)