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We believe in giving human rights defenders, humanitarian aid workers, freelance journalists and other social change agents the skills and knowledge that they need to operate independently in the field. By investing in training, organisations can ensure that their staff are less likely to be killed, injured or kidnapped, and that they will be able to respond safely and effectively to any medical or security emergency that arises.

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Working with some of the best instructors in the country, Open Briefing delivers unique hostile environment awareness training (HEAT), first aid training and counter- and anti-surveillance training.

Although our courses include classroom sessions, they all focus on scenario-based training, which provides students with genuine experiential learning by immersing them in the training and providing important opportunities for feedback and reflection. The scenarios are all based on real-life events, and are developed specifically for the students attending the training and the environments that they will be working in.

In addition, as part of our commitment to spreading good practice throughout the NGO community, we offer free security risk management workshops for senior managers and others responsible for security and duty of care.

“An incredibly valuable week. The Open Briefing team were extremely skilled at tailoring the training to our needs. An eye-opening, thought-provoking and heart-pounding course.”
Homer Venters, Director of Programmes, Physicians for Human Rights

Instructors and training sites

Most of our instructors are all former armed forces personnel, and all have extensive civilian experience delivering training for NGO workers and journalists. Our HEAT courses are run at an 865-acre training site in Mount Edgcumbe Country Park and the nearby Royal Navy’s Pier Cellars training facility, both in southeast Cornwall in the United Kingdom. Our first aid training takes place at a purpose-built state-of-the-art simulation centre in Indian Queens in central Cornwall or at your office anywhere in Europe. Our counter- and anti-surveillance training takes place in central London and sites around Europe. Our free security risk management workshops are available to Europe-based organisations only.


Open Briefing is a certified social enterprise and a member of
the International NGO Safety and Security Association and CIVICUS