ACOS (A Culture of Safety) Alliance Security Training 

The ACOS Alliance is an unprecedented coalition of news organizations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom organizations working together to champion safe and responsible journalistic practices for freelance and local journalists worldwide. The Alliance facilitates collaborative initiatives to improve the safety of journalists exposed to danger.

The Alliance, in collaboration with FFR and RPT, is offering 10 bursaries for freelancers to have access to a 5 day HEFAT course in the UK. The course will take place from 20- 24 November, in Oxfordshire. Applicants should fill out this form by Friday 27 October

In line with the ACOS Principles, the course is designed to help journalists covering conflict or exposed to safety challenges in their work to be better prepared. Provided by AK&P, the

 course is delivered by different experts and it covers digital security, sexual harassment and emotional trauma and self-care. It blends discussion with practical and written assignments and exercises with a focus on immersive training. Participants will learn

 the principles of security allowing them to be more effective and better able to get the story without becoming the story.

A vital element of this course is the medical training. Experienced and qualified medics will teach life saving techniques with a focus on working in remote regions. Upon successfully completing this course, participants will receive a level 3 certificate in First Response Emergency Care and AK&P will issue an attendance certificate.

ACOS is covering the course fee, including accommodation and food for the duration of the course. We do not cover travel to and from the course venue, although RPT will support a limited number of travel grants. FFR is helping with the administration and selection of bursaries. 

Applications that don't get selected for this course will be kept on file, and freelancers may be contacted in relation to future opportunities. Please note the data collected through this form will be stored securely and the information will be accessible to relevant ACOS partners. Some of these partners have their own internal application procedures and in order to benefit from their financial support you may have to go though their internal application procedures. Completing this form does not guarantee a bursary. 

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