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Improving the Safety of Civilians: A protection training pack

Improving the Safety of Civilians: A protection training pack

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This training pack is intended to help humanitarian workers to improve the safety of civilians being subjected to violence, coercion, or deliberate deprivation. The pack includes modules on: What is protection? Planning a programme, Mainstreaming protection and Programming for protection. The activity sessions within the modules cover topics as diverse as international standards for civilian protection, objective setting, indicators and monitoring, humanitarian negotiation, co-ordination and alliance building, reducing the risk of sexual violence and advocacy for humanitarian protection. A selection of core exercises at the end of the book is designed to encourage interaction and create debate. The pack outlines all activities, with detailed trainers' notes, timings, resources needed, and handouts, feedback, and evaluation sheets. Colour cards and posters are included at the back of the book. The materials are designed for use by experienced facilitators, who have some knowledge of protection issues, to train emergency-response teams. Activities can be adapted for participants with different levels of knowledge.
This training pack is intended to help humanitarian workers to improve the safety of civilians being subjected to violence, coercion, or deliberate deprivation. The pack includes modules on: What is protection? Planning a programme, Mainstreaming protection and Programming for protection. The activity sessions within the modules cover topics as diverse as international standards for civilian protection, objective setting, indicators and monitoring, humanitarian negotiation, co-ordination and alliance building, reducing the risk of sexual violence and advocacy for humanitarian protection. A selection of core exercises at the end of the book is designed to encourage interaction and create debate. The pack outlines all activities, with detailed trainers' notes, timings, resources needed, and handouts, feedback, and evaluation sheets. Colour cards and posters are included at the back of the book. The materials are designed for use by experienced facilitators, who have some knowledge of protection issues, to train emergency-response teams. Activities can be adapted for participants with different levels of knowledge.

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Participant numbers

The number ofparticipants in each workshop will usually be 20–24.For smaller or larger groups the
materials may need some adaptation,especially for small group work that has been designed for 5–6
participants per group.

The training team

The workshop uses intensive methods and requires active participation by all trainers in order to steer
groups and continually challenge them to develop their learning.Although these materials contain a lot
ofcontent,this will need to be supplemented by the training team’s knowledge and experience.

For a group of20–24 participants you will need at least two trainers.Trainers should ideally have
complementary skills and knowledge – one might be a protection specialist,the other have experience
oftraining in the relevant context and language.

The training team should agree the agenda in advance and decide who will lead each session.
The person leading the session is responsible for doing any necessary background reading and
ensuring that all materials are prepared for that session.In many cases the other trainers will be

involved in a supporting role,particularly in small group work.The training team should meet after each
day ofthe workshop to debriefand plan the following day,and at the end ofthe event to debriefand
give feedback to each other.

Preparation

Running the workshop requires considerable practical preparation (preparation oftraining materials,
handouts,etc.– details are given in the trainer’s notes for each session) as well as preparatory reading
and familiarisation.Trainers should ensure they have prepared trainer’s notes and that all handouts and
flip charts have been copied in advance.

Training venue

The venue should be large enough for participants to sit in plenary (in a semi-circle) facing a wall on
which the trainer can stick the visual aids to create a ‘talking wall’.There needs to be room for four
tables to be set up for group work outside the semi-circle (more tables will be needed for larger
groups).The vulnerability analysis exercise asks participants to line up along a wall with an open space
in front ofthem.In setting up the room try to ensure that such a space could be made available without
too much movement offurniture.Ifany participant has a mobility impairment all exercises involving
movement should be adapted so that everyone can participate in the exercise in the same way.

Equipment

Flip-chart markers,blu-tack,and a supply offlip-chart paper are required.A flip-chart stand would be
useful.

Pace and timings

Timings are provided for all sessions,but these are only guides.It is possible for the trainer to adapt each
session to fit the time available and the level ofthe group.The core exercises have been designed to be used
flexibly,so can be used to reinforce learning quickly or to stimulate lengthy discussion.In any workshop the
trainer must be prepared to adapt the agenda to the specific needs ofthe participants who may wish to
spend longer on an exercise or discussion than planned.The trainers need to judge how to move the
workshop forward.Ifa group becomes sidetracked on an issue that cannot be resolved in the workshop it
may be necessary to ‘park’the issue by getting the basic details and deciding how it will be followed up,
before moving back to the planned agenda.

Check local customs and practices – for example you may need to plan in extra time for prayers.

Please note:For more detailed guidance on planning and running a training event,you may find it useful to
refer to The Sphere Training Package Trainer’s Guide (see p.8 under ‘Additional reading’) which contains
comprehensive information on organising workshops and training events.

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