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International Humanitarian Protection Training

Mainstreaming protection - essential skills for aid workers

Responding to the needs of those affected by disasters or armed conflict is not just about providing assistance but also providing protection based on the humanitarian imperative to 'do no harm' (Sphere 2011).

"Australia supports protection in preparedness for, response to and recovery from humanitarian crises by funding and advocating for: a) protection to be mainstreamed into humanitarian action."

Source:  Protection in Humanitarian Action Framework (page 9)

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Who is this course for?

International Humanitarian Protection Training (IHPT) is a must for all humanitarian aid workers, program and policy officers, case workers and others working with people who are affected by disaster or armed conflict in international settings.

What will you learn?

This two day course will develop your understanding and competencies for applying protection principles to your particular role in a humanitarian response.

We will engage you in experiential learning through case studies, group exercises and a short simulation, to help you learn: 

  • to define and describe protection and its role in the humanitarian context
  • how to mainstream protection principles into your emergency programming
  • to better understand sexual exploitation and abuse, gender-based violence and child protection
  • to respond safely and ethically to incidences of International Humanitarian Law violations and human rights abuses, within your role 

Our facilitators

IHPT is co-facilitated by Australian Red Cross and Directors of Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG) - practitioners and authors of the "Minimum Inter-Agency Standards for Mainstreaming Protection" (2012). 

Course dates and locations

IHPT is run several times a year. Each course runs two full days and is non-residential. Participants make their own accommodation and transport arrangements. All course rates include training materials, lunch and morning and afternoon tea.

2016 dates

Melbourne: 30-31 May (Red Cross Offices, 155 Pelham St, Carlton, VIC)

More course dates will be announced for the second half of 2016.

IHPT 2016 course fees

Participant group Cost per participant
Government, corporate and other organisations $850
Individual members of the public $750
Full-time students $650
Australian Red Cross staff members and volunteers $695

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Find out more

For more information phone 03 9345 1800 and ask for the international training team or email us.

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IHPT Testimonials

"Highlighting the major concepts, issues and principles to give a more detailed understanding on a topic that can sometimes seem vague" Elinor, IHPT participant, March 2015

"The facilitation and entire course content was excellent. An extremely valuable course for all humanitarian workers." IHPT participant