Fostering a Culture of Respect, Fairness and Dignity

Fostering a Culture of Respect, Fairness and Dignity: Sexual Harassment has no place at the Parliament

We have long strived to provide a safe, secure and welcoming environment for all who work here. Every person has the right to work in an environment that promotes respect, fairness and dignity, and behaviour that amounts to harassment or sexual misconduct is not tolerated.

Harassment and sexual misconduct is never warranted, and those who are harassed are never to blame. We respect the courage and strength it takes to speak out. Contact our phone-line on 0800 519 0023.  The line is open 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

Needing support and advice?

If you feel you are being harassed, or have experienced harassment, get in touch and we can provide signposts to where you can get the help you need. The conversation will be led by you and we are here to listen to your concerns. Contact our phone-line on 0800 519 0023.

We recognise that sexual harassment can be experienced in different ways. If you prefer to discuss your situation with an advisor from a specific gender, let us know when you make initial contact.

If you are concerned because you know us personally and we know you and you would feel more comfortable speaking to someone else, let us know in your initial contact and we will provide alternative arrangements.

If you don’t feel ready to contact us, and you work at the Parliament, you can contact the confidential support service (Help: Employee Assistance) which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 5875670. The trained counsellors are on hand to provide you with expert emotional guidance and support.

Reporting your complaint

We strongly encourage anyone experiencing or witnessing harassment to report it using the procedures below. We can talk you through what procedures may be available to you in your situation.

We can’t give you legal advice, and we can’t act as your representative if you decide to take action. If you are a member of a trade union, they will be able to assist you. They will also be able to help you progress your complaint and provide ongoing support throughout the process.

Contact our phone-line on 0800 519 0023.

Confidentiality

We will keep what you tell us confidential. Unless you want us to, we will not tell anyone that you have contacted us and we will not give anyone any information about you, except in the very exceptional circumstances when we are required to by law.

If you agree we will take notes of any key points, for example in case a follow-up discussion is necessary. We may also use the notes in compiling statistics on a completely anonymous basis. These notes will be held on our secure systems and we will process and retain this information in accordance with our Data Protection Policy.

Working together to stop sexual harassment

Reporting Sexual Harassment: Have you seen it, heard it, or experienced it but don’t know who to raise it with?

We all have a responsibility to make sure we have an environment where harassment and sexual misconduct are not tolerated, so if you see something, say something. Lend an ear and show support to the person who is being harassed.

Speak up and speak out. Contact our phone-line on 0800 519 0023. The line is open 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

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Other Sources of Support

  • Rape Crisis Scotland provides a national rape crisis helpline and email support for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened.  Call 08088 01 03 02
  • Stonewall provides an information service to help understand and spot harassment for LGBT people.  Call 0800 502020 or email info@stonewall.org.uk
  • hatecrimesscotland

Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

Full copies of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy can be found here in PDF and in Word format.

Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2017 - 21 (PDF, 721Kb)

Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2017 - 21 (Word version) (Word, 41Kb)