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 diversity, 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. We are all responsible for our own actions, and we are all entitled to a safe festival experience, on our own terms.

By attending Doc/Fest events, you agree to abide by and embrace our shared code of conduct. We do not tolerate harassment or harmful behaviour in any form.

Harassment can include, but is not limited to:

  • Abusive comments and insults
  • Prejudice (eg, related to gender identity and expression, sexuality, age, race, religion/belief, disability, 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 talks or other events;
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour.

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).

We encourage all attendees to be active bystanders. During the festival, if you are made to feel unsafe or unwelcome, notice someone else being harassed, or have any other concerns, you can tell a member of our staff, volunteer, or security teams. They will help, or find someone who can. Every event will have a Doc/Fest representative in attendance, and all events serving alcohol will have security present. Our team 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]

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.

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