Civil Unrest & First Aid Online Training

The ACOS Alliance is offering freelance journalists currently covering the protests in the US FREE access to a certified Civil Unrest & First Aid online safety training course provided experienced media safety trainers at Silk Road Training.

We understand the urgency for this training to be made available as soon as possible and we’ll be granting bursaries on a first come basis, providing that applicants are eligible for this course. We’ll be processing applications as these are being submitted and will respond to all applicants as soon as possible. Selected participants will have access to the course in less than 24 hours after being accepted.

Silk Road has produced this online course to build core skills for working in and around crowds, security forces and civil unrest as well as giving you life saving first aid knowledge. The learning is delivered through trainer led videos, interactive presentations and quizzes and will take approximately four hours – although the course will be entirely self-paced. This course is about assessing risk, implementing mitigation measures, designing contingency plans and giving you the skills to respond in an emergency. The course will help you to avoid personal violence and develop the ability to assess a crowd situation and learn about safe positioning and methods of safe extraction from an uncontrolled situation.

The modules can be completed in any order and there will be accompanying webinars scheduled so you can get any questions you may have answered – you will also be able to email and ask questions directly as you progress through the course. Webinars dates will be confirmed in advance.

Selected participants will have free access to the course for 30 days from the first day they log in. 

Participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Secure access to a laptop, computer or tablet; and a good internet connection. Participants should be able to log in to Silk Road’s training platform using a unique password, play videos, download materials, and connect to live webinars (camera and headphones or speakers needed).
  • Be a freelance journalist currently covering the protests in the US. 
  • Priority will be given to those who have not completed a safety training course before, however the course is open to freelancers in need of a refresher.
  • Complete the course in full. The ACOS Alliance and Silk Road are keen to evaluate the impact and performance of this course, and participants are expected to provide comprehensive feedback.

On completion of the full online course, Silk Road will provide participants with certification detailing their success. 

The ACOS Alliance (A Culture of Safety Alliance) is an unprecedented coalition of news organisations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom organisations 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. Submitting this form does not guarantee a bursary.

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