Personal Security for Humanitarians (HEAT)


Personal Security for Humanitarians (HEAT)

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.

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


How much does the course cost?

Standard Individual - £687.00

Standard Organisation  - £965.00



Receive 10% off the course fee when booking at least 1 month before the start of the course.*

*applies to both individual and organisational tickets


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 and a half 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 Monday night before training commences. Accommodation and meals will be fully provided throughout 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.


Participants will be actively encouraged to participate in classroom discussions and group work. The trainer will draw on both theoretical and practical knowledge in order to make the experience and learning applicable to the realities of the humanitarian sector.


Any questions? Check out our FAQs here and our T&Cs here.

If you have any questions about this course or require further information, please contact training@redr.org.uk.

In case of any complaints, please email complaints@redr.org.uk 

RedR UK is committed to making sure everyone’s needs are met, including people of different genders, ages and disabilities. If you have any specific access requirements or learning needs RedR are committed to try and make reasonable adjustments to support your needs, please email training@redr.org.uk or phone 0207 840 6000 at any stage of the booking process to talk directly to RedR about your needs.

Course Overview

Course Length
3 days
£618.00 - £965.00
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