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International Humanitarian Protection Training

Learn how to protect people's safety, dignity and rights, to prevent human rights abuses.

Aid workers are responsible for protecting the safety, dignity and rights of those they assist, whether material, physical or psychosocial. Understanding the theory and practice of protections should be seen as essential for work in the humanitarian sector. International Humanitarian Protection Training (IHPT) will help build your understanding and skills in applying protection practices to your work.

IHPT was developed with significant input from Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG). Protection is one of HAG’s special interest areas, around which they conduct various research and training projects, resulting in an course built on many years of research, and relevant to developments on the subject matter.


Learning objectives

  • Define and describe protection and its role in the humanitarian context
  • Understand basics of International Humanitarian Law
  • Mainstream protection principles into your emergency programming
  • Better understand sexual exploitation and abuse, gender-based violence and child protection
  • Prevent and respond to incidences of human rights abuses and violations
  • Apply your learning in practical scenarios


Is this course for you?

There are no pre-requisites for this course. This course assumes a basic understanding of international humanitarian concepts, principles, standards and terminology. If you are new to aid work we recommend that you complete our Introduction to Humanitarian Response course first.

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


Your facilitators

IHPT is facilitated by Red Cross professionals and/or Directors of Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG). Their experience and expertise on the subject results in an IHPT course which delves into the practicalities of protection in the field.


Course details

IHPT is offered in Sydney and Melbourne unless otherwise requested. IHPT has been adapted and delivered to numerous NGOs and Government Agencies around Australia. Please contact us if you are interested in having IHPT delivered near you.

Each course runs from 9am to 5pm for two full days and is non-residential. The course includes morning tea and a light lunch on both days. Participants must organise their own accommodation and transport arrangements.


Upcoming course dates

May 24 and 25



Fees include all course materials, tea and coffee, and a light lunch.

Participant group 

Cost per participant



Concession (full-time students, Red Cross employees/volunteers)**


**When registering, put student ID number (students) or 'Red Cross' (ARC volunteer/employee) in the box marked Concession.

Please contact us for information on group rates and bookings.