Personal Security for Humanitarians (HEAT)

Date: 6 - 8 Jun 2017
Length: 3 days
Location: Gloucestershire, UK
Residential: Yes

 About the course:

This is an intensive, dynamic hostile environment awareness training (HEAT) course where you will discuss, learn and apply approaches and measures to improve your personal security when living and working in insecure environments. Personal Security for Humanitarians has been designed specifically from an NGO perspective to provide the most relevant and challenging training for NGO workers.

Essential theory learned in the classroom will immediately be put into practice in real-life simulation exercises, confronting key issues such as roadblocks, abduction, weapons, mines and crossfire.   The course is designed to put you under stressful circumstances, preparing you for the worst case-scenario.  

The course will introduce a variety of measures to help you reduce the likelihood of security-related incidents taking place and enable you to respond appropriately to situations that could compromise your safety and that of your colleagues.


Meet the Trainer - Personal Safety and Security in the Field

What does the course cover?

  • Gender and security
  • Context assessment with a focus on urban contexts
  • Assessing risk
  • Threat and vulnerability
  • Developing security strategies
  • Security planning
  • Radio,Field and Emergency communications
  • Stress management
  • Coping with sexual violence
  • Vehicles and travel security
  • Abduction Detention and kidnap with a focus on sexual violence
  • Evacuation planning and procedures
  • Terrorism
  • Surviving hostile environments

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of understanding your role and the security environment
  • Undertake a context analysis and a personal risk assessment
  • Demonstrate immediate responses to hostile environments
  • Effectively contribute to a security planning process
  • Describe measures to reduce personal and team vulnerability to a range of threats
  • Explain the importance of cultural awareness and sensitivity, team working, interpersonal communications and how diversity impacts on security
  • Demonstrate immediate responses to threats in the operating environment

Who should attend?

Personal security training is crucial for anyone working in an insecure or hostile environment.  The course is designed primarily for humanitarian personnel, but it is also applicable to anyone who is likely to be deployed to an environment that is, or has the possibility to be insecure.

Course structure:

This three day course is fully residential with a compulsory online component. Participants are required to arrange their own timely travel to and from the training venue, and manage to complete the online components prior to the face to face sessions. Details of how to get to this training venue shall be provided in the course joining instructions upon booking and participants are expected to arrive at the training venue on the Tuesday night before training commences. Accommodation will be provided however, please note that dinner will not be provided. Accommodation and meals on the subsequent two nights will be fully provided.

Registration will take place from 8.30 hrs on the first day of training. Training will start at 8.45 hrs and finish at 19.30 hrs (with lunch, coffee/tea and dinner breaks incorporated throughout the day)

On day two, training begins at 8:30 and ends at 17:15 with an optional social event in the evening.

On the final day (day three), training will finish by 16.00 hrs, and all participants are expected to be present for the end of the course.

Online Learning

The course begins with online materials and tasks that introduce various concepts and issues to participants which are mainstreamed into the face to face course. These modules include Gender and Security, Understanding Where You are working (with a focus on urban contexts), Assessing and Reducing Risk, and Terrorism.

Day 1

The three day course begins with an introduction to personal safety and security in the field and gaining an understanding to where you are working.  The course will move on to assessing and reducing risk. After lunch, you will learn about security strategies and security management framework.  The last session of the day will cover radio communications and emergency communication and incident reporting.  The day will conclude with a video and discussion.

Day 2

On the second day of the course, practical exercises will take place and training will end at 18.00 hrs, with a social event to follow. 

Day 3

On the final day, training will finish by 16.00 hrs, concluded by a recapping of the key points, answering any lingering questions, completing course evaluations, and receiving certificates of completion. 


The course will be taught by one of the following facilitators.

Marine Menier

Chamutel Eitam

Ian Woodmansey

Paul Wooster 


The fees are inclusive of all training resources, accommodation, meals and refreshments.For further information on pricing bands please use the link on the right.

Standard course (3 days)


Early Bird Fee

Standard Fee

Band A 

  • Those working for southern national & local NGOs
  • Full-time students



Band B 

  • Individuals funding themselves
  • Those working for charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1million/$1.5million



Band C 

  • Those working for charitable organisations with an annual income greater than £1million/$1.5million



Band D 

  • Those working for commercial, governmental and intergovernmental organisations



Early bird fee: Book and pay up to a month in advance to receive a 10% discount through our early bird scheme. 
For more information please contact our training team. Please click here to read our full terms and conditions.


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