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Enforcing a Positive Duty to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Wed, 18 Sep 2024

Virtual, Online

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The NHS Staff Survey included a question on sexual harassment for the first time in 2023, and the results showed that 8.67% of staff said they had faced sexual harassment from patients, patients’ relatives, or other members of the public within the last year.

In response of the huge scale of this problem, from October 2024 a new legal duty will come into force meaning that all employers will be required to take proactive measures to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Failure to comply and put reasonable steps in place will result in a 25% uplift in compensation awards for any type of harassment in the claim.

With little to no guidance on what proactive, reasonable steps might look like in practice and the huge potential cost of non-compliance, it is essential that you are prepared for this new duty coming into force. Join us for this one-day conference, led by experts in the field of HR and employment law to help you ensure that your organisation is compliant ahead of the October 2024 implementation date.

“A survey of 2,458 doctors by the BMA in 2021 shows that 31% of women and 23% of men respondents experienced unwanted physical conduct in their workplace, while 56% of women and 28% of men respondents received unwanted verbal conduct related to their gender”

British Medical Association

“Sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination are entirely unacceptable. Where workplace cultures of this kind of behaviour go unchecked, they are detrimental to wellbeing, performance, and patient safety.”

Professor Dame Carrie MacEwen, Chair of GMC (Aug 2023)

This conference will enable you to:

  • Understand the current scale and forms of sexual harassment in the workplace

  • Learn about the implications of the Worker Protection Act and the concept of positive duty for organisations

  • Identify key elements that should be included in workplace anti-sexual harassment policies

  • Recognise the importance of regularly updating and effectively enforcing these policies

  • Explain the concept of a 'speak up culture' and its significance in preventing workplace harassment

  • Explore practical strategies for fostering and documenting a culture that encourages speaking up

  • Discover how to use training to fulfil the positive duty to prevent harassment

  • Assess the benefits of ongoing, situational, and bystander support training in the workplace

  • Develop strategies for creating clear reporting avenues and conducting robust investigations

  • Evaluate the impact of thorough investigation processes on company culture and the handling of historical allegations

  • Understand the need for ongoing support for individuals affected by harassment

  • Learn about different types of support and how to effectively signpost staff to these resources

  • Analyse how gender inequality contributes to workplace sexual harassment

  • Identify proactive steps to address and reduce gender inequalities.

  • Recognize the importance of risk assessments in high-risk environments.

  • Reflect on the key takeaways from the conference and the collective responsibility to combat workplace sexual harassment

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Voluntary sector & charities



Virtual Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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