The Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (ICGS) represents a commitment from both Houses to create a modern workplace where colleagues can work without fear of bullying, harassment or sexual harassment. Our second Annual Report outlines the operation of the ICGS from July 2019 – June 2020, key developments for the Scheme, data on use of the helplines, complaint investigations and Valuing Everyone training.
This reporting year (July 2019 – June 2020), 293 individuals contacted the ICGS. They made contact a total of 621 times, receiving information and support in a safe, confidential place and signposting to different available options.
This year has been a year of significant change. Our annual report highlights the improvements we have made to the scheme and the resilience of many people, including my colleagues in the ICGS team, to ensure that these improvements have taken place, despite challenging circumstances, including working within the constraints of the coronavirus pandemic. The ICGS is a complex scheme, bringing together many colleagues with different employment relationships. There is more work to be done, and I am looking forward to the recommendations from the independent expert Alison Stanley CBE, who recently started work on the 18-month review of the scheme. Please use the ICGS if you need a confidential, safe space to talk about your experience of bullying, harassment or sexual harassment.
If you are experiencing bullying, harassment or sexual harassment, you can contact the ICGS Helpline by Telephone 0808 168 9281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org between 9am–6pm Monday to Friday.