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Safety First: A safety and security handbook for aid workers

1 January 2010

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Safety First: A safety and security handbook for aid workers

Shaun Bickley through Safety First (2010) provides useful reminders and easy-reference chapters to be consulted as safety and security issues arise. Not only is this book essential reading for staff about to take up their first field positions, it should be kept to hand as an indispensable reference for even the most seasoned aid worker. Safety First is one tool in a wider toolkit of material that is available in the humanitarian sector for managing and reducing safety and security risks. Originally issued in 1995, substantially rewritten in 2003, the 2010 edition reflects significant developments in the non-governmental organisation (NGO) approach to dealing with insecurity, reflects a greater understanding of the various risks facing aid workers and emerging safety and security challenges, and ensures that it continues to provide practical and relevant guidance to staff in minimising safety and security risks associated with their work. Safety First is aimed at all levels of staff, from the most experienced senior managers to the newest members of the team.


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In this article for the Crisis Response Journal, Aisling Sweeney, GISF's Communications Officer, puts forward the case for remodelling funding processes for humanitarian security risk management.