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 756 9969.  The line is open 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Out of hours the service can be contacted at

Needing support and advice?  

Confidential Helpline

You can speak to a trained and experienced adviser, who can provide signposts to where you can get the help you need. The conversation will be led by you and the adviser will be there to listen to your concerns. Contact the phone-line on 0800 756 9969.

In addition the confidential support service (Help: Employee Assistance) 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.  An adviser can talk you through what procedures may be available to you in your situation.

An adviser can’t give you legal advice, and 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 756 9969.


The advisers will keep what you tell them confidential. They will not tell anyone that you have contacted them and they will not give anyone any information about you.

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 756 9969. The line is open 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Out of hours the service can be contacted at

Front Entrance to the Scottish Parliament building

Sexual Harassment and Sexist Behaviour Survey

Report and next steps following the survey about sexual harassment and sexist behaviour at the Scottish Parliament

Photograph of the Garden Lobby at the Scottish Parliament

Joint Working Group

Remit, members and papers of the joint working group on sexual harassment

Downloadable Poster



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
  • 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)