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International Humanitarian Protection Training


Protect people's safety, dignity and rights

An aid worker's job does not end when relief supplies are distributed…far from it. They are responsible for protecting the safety, dignity and rights of those they assist. All humanitarian workers should understand the principles of protection and how to put them into practice.

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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?

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

Through case studies, group exercises and a short simulation, this two-day course will develop your understanding and competencies for applying protection principles to your particular role in a humanitarian response.

Pre-requisites and assumed knowledge

It assumed that you have an understanding of international humanitarian concepts principles, standards and terminology. If you are new to aid work it would be preferable that you complete the International Humanitarian Action Training first.

You will benefit most from this course if you are currently working in the field and you are seeking to build your skills to be able to bring a protection lens to your work.

Our facilitators

IHPT is co-facilitated by 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

International Humanitarian Protection Training is run several times a year. Each course is 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

22 - 23 November, 2016, Red Cross office, 23-47 Villiers St, North Melbourne, VIC.

IHPT 2016 course fees

Participant group Cost per participant
Government, corporate and other organisations $900
Individual members of the public $800
Full-time students $690
Australian Red Cross staff members and volunteers $740

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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