Training Courses
Essentials of Humanitarian Practice (EHP)

The Essentials of Humanitarian Practice provides foundational knowledge for working within the modern humanitarian system and for responding to an international crisis that involves a global response.

This course provides participants with an understanding of the complexity of the international relief system and the legal framework for humanitarian assistance. We introduce the characteristics of natural disasters and conflict-induced emergencies and the requirements for an effective humanitarian response, highlighting some of the dilemmas faced by humanitarians and aid workers. Participants will learn about the various United Nations agencies that respond to disasters and the roles these agencies play in coordinating responses for various sectors such as health, water and sanitation and logistics. They will discover how international non-government organisations work with these agencies to share information and data and to avoid duplication and ensure humanitarian aid reaches those who need it and doesn't cause harm. Attendees are given an opportunity to put the knowledge gained into practice and to explore the team skills required to work effectively in the field.

If you require this course to be tailored for your organisation, please visit the Customised Training page for more information.

06 Nov - 11 Nov 19
05 Feb - 10 Feb 20
Dookie Victoria, Australia
(Course open for applications, register now to secure your place)

Degree of Difficulty

This is a three day intensive classroom based course.

The course equips and refreshe individuals with the background and knowledge to apply child protection skills through a combination of exercises and scenarios. 


Who is this Course for?

This course is an ideal choice for humanitarian practitioners and those entering the sector that have an interest and commitment to child protection, and want to increase their knowledge of how children can be affected in emergency settings. The course will broaden participants’ understanding of child protection within the broader humanitarian system, and equip them with CPiE tools and strategies to apply in the field.

This intermediate-level course is ideal for people already involved or likely to be involved in child protection in emergencies programming, as a coordinator, practitioner and/or decision maker. It is expected that participants will already have a sound understanding of general child protection issues and an awareness of the risk factors that increase children's vulnerability in emergencies.

The course is in English and a reasonable proficiency is required for by participants.


Learning Objectives

Aims and Objectives

The number of people affected by humanitarian crises globally almost doubled over the past decade. Increasing emergencies brings a growing demand for humanitarians with expertise in child protection in emergencies (CPiE) and, by delivering this training, we aim to increase the pool of experts who will be highly skilled and trained to deploy in this sector.

Course Objectives

  • Improve their understanding of risk factors that make children vulnerable in emergencies
  • Develop knowledge of best practices in prevention, preparedness and response to protecting children in emergencies
  • Be able to apply their skills to protect children
  • Understand the minimum standards for protecting children in humanitarian settings
  • Appreciate the role of coordination in the child protection in emergencies sector
  • Gain improved leadership and coordination skills in formal and informal cluster settings

Course Modules

  • Principles and Approaches to Child Protection in Emergencies
  • Being prepared for an emergency with a Child Protection lens
  • Addressing Child Protection needs
  • Developing Child Protection strategies
  • Mainstreaming Child Protection in emergencies
  • The Child Protection Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Action
  • Preparedness and Risk Informed Programming
  • The Minimum Standards and Preparedness
  • Coordinating in Humanitarian Settings


Course Fees

Full Rate: $ 2,850 AUD Reduced Rate: $2,600 AUD

Inclusions: All food, accommodation and training materials for 6 days and 5 nights. Travel not included.

If you currently work for an NGO or are a member of our humanitarian roster, you are eligible for the reduced rate.

Unless otherwise stated, all courses are residential and course fees are inclusive of meals, accommodation, training and materials, but not transport to and from the venue. Course fees are in Australian dollars. A non-refundable deposit of $400 (AUD) is payable at the time of enrolment to secure your place on a course. This payment must be made via credit card through our secure payment facility.

Further instructions regarding course logistics will be provided upon payment of course fees.


Essential Course Information


RedR Australia's Carlton office, located at 55-61 Barry Street Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3056.

Course Timing

Registration takes place from 10:30am on the first day of all courses and activities will conclude at 1:00pm on the final day. To receive your course certificates you must complete the entire course.

Travel and Accommodation

Please arrange your own travel to and from our training venues. Accommodation is included in the course fee. Travel insurance is recommended for all applicants and is mandatory for international participants.

Pre-course Learning

It is strongly recommended that all participants complete the prescribed reading and online module before course commencement. Pre-reading will be sent to registered participants approximately two weeks prior to the course.

Please refer to your course orientation guide, received upon enrolment, for more detailed essential course information.


The Training Team

Our trainers have extensive experience in complex emergencies and natural disasters in Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and the Asia Pacific.