Blog: Online Training - Finding the right approach

Posted 02 Feb 2021

In the final part of our 10th anniversary blog series, we reflect on our experiences and share our expertise in using digital learning to develop organisational L&D requirements. We answer some common questions and regular misconceptions and pose some key questions for you to answer as you consider your online training strategy.

"The onset of Covid-19 has triggered a much-needed push to delve deeper into the design and development of remote learning systems across a range of industries. For many, this is a big change, and one that had not been fully considered previously. As with home working, some reference to remote learning might have been found in an organisation’s contingency procedures, but not always with a fully developed plan.

At ILS, we work in partnership with individuals and organisations to enhance their resilience, and we have taken our mission, ‘to empower those who are building a better world; placing humanity at the heart of our solutions,’ into the digital realm.

A key question to address is whether digital learning is to be considered as only for the immediate / emergency short-term, or built-up in a sustainable and strategic manner. At ILS, we have chosen the latter. This post aims to share our experience and expertise in using digital learning to enhance capacity in the safest, most secure, and most sustainable manner."

ILS Privacy Policy

Posted 01 Feb 2021

We have an updated Privacy Policy that complies with the UK GDPR legislation, this will be kept under review and updated as necessary.

Last review: February 2021.

Online Field Resilience & Stress Management Training

Posted 16 Nov 2020

A new 3-hour online course dealing with the issues of Field Resilience and Stress Management within the humanitarian sector.

Blog: Stress and staff welfare: the psychological risks aid workers can’t afford to ignore

Posted 13 Nov 2020

In the third part of our 10th anniversary blog series, we explore how psychological well-being is a crucial yet under-discussed issue affecting a huge proportion of aid workers.

Blog: Duty of Care in a COVID-19 World

Posted 06 Nov 2020

In the second part of our 10th anniversary blog series, the ILS Risk Advisory Team highlights the importance of Duty of Care in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Blog: Supporting Local Partners

Posted 09 Oct 2020

In the first of a series of blogs to celebrate our 10th anniversary, the ILS Risk Advisory Team explore the case for strategic investment in risk management training to support local partners and country offices. This blog highlights the critical role this type of training plays in the delivery of effective and sustainable programmes, and the fulfilment duty of care obligations, through the development of Security Focal Points and other staff with risk management responsibilities in the field.

Formation à la gestion des risques de sécurité

Posted 04 Jun 2020

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Online Personal Safety Awareness Training

Posted 07 May 2020

This advanced Personal Safety and Security course is delivered online over 7 sessions.

Online Field Resilience & Stress Management Training

Posted 06 Apr 2020

3 hr online training dealing with stress management and practical strategies for mental health issues within the humanitarian sector.

Online Crisis Management Workshop Details & Agenda

Posted 31 Mar 2020

Interactive, simulation-based training over 3 days, exploring all aspects of Crisis Management.

Online Travel Safety & Security Training agenda & course details

Posted 31 Mar 2020

A multimedia course in 5 sessions promoting a culture of safety among your travelling staff.

Online Security Risk Management Training Details & Agenda

Posted 31 Mar 2020

8-week instructor-led course designed for Security Focal Points delivered in 4 languages.

FREE RESOURCE: Covid-19 Advice Sheet

Posted 12 Mar 2020

With our friends at HELP ( we are really pleased to circulate our latest guidance on the management of COVID-19 for organisations working overseas.

Travel Risk Support Services

Posted 28 Feb 2020

Here at ILS we are excited to launch a brand new range of Travel Risk Support Services!

So many organisations that work overseas acknowledge the need, but do not have the capacity or expertise to professionally manage the safety of their travellers when they are away from home.

Using our online booking tool, your travellers can request bespoke travel risk support by filling in their trip details online. They will receive a fully tailored service, focussed on their personal profile and destination details, to enable them to conduct travel as safely as possible.

Download the PDF below for a more detailed look at the services.

What would you do?: 3. Checkpoint

Posted 23 Dec 2019

In the next part of our series of scenario-based aide-memoires from our Risk Advisory and Training team, we look at what to do if you encounter a checkpoint that takes place while working in the field.

What would you do?: 2. Street Protest.

Posted 19 Aug 2019

In the next part of our series of scenario-based aide-memoires from our Risk Advisory and Training team, we look at what to do if you encounter a street protest that takes place while working in the field.

What would you do?: 1. Road Traffic Accident in the field.

Posted 17 Jul 2019

In the first in a new series of scenario-based aide-memoires from our Risk Advisory and Training team, we look at what to do if involved in a Road Traffic Accident that takes place while working in the field.

FREE RESOURCE: Cyclone Idai Response Toolkit

Posted 22 Mar 2019

As humanitarian organisations prepare to respond to the current Cyclone Idai crisis, ILS have put together a short, context specific toolkit to support preparation and deployment of staff to an active disaster zone.

FREE RESOURCE: Higher Education and the Travel Risk Paradox

Posted 02 Aug 2018

Based on our work within the higher education sector, we recognise the challenges facing universities today. We have developed '10 Easy Wins' for our HEI clients to build a pragmatic and supportive travel safety culture.

FREE RESOURCE: Key Principles of Crisis Management

Posted 01 Aug 2018

On Monday the 11th of June, at the end of the first day of a SAFA training programme, a fire broke out at the hotel and conference centre that we have been working in since 2015. 

Having so recently been faced with our own crisis at ILS, our Risk Advisory team has put together a thought piece focussed on the fundamentals of managing crises.

FREE RESOURCE: 12 steps to a Stronger Security Culture ​

Posted 14 May 2018

Our Risk Advisory Team are retained by a number of NGOs and Universities, to support in the delivery of a robust approach to risk management.

We see it as a critical element in the management of safety and security, turning Paper into Practise. But we understand its not straightforward, especially if you've not had to do it before! 

So, we have developed a free guide. '12 steps to Building an Organisational Culture that is conscious about Safety & Security'


Posted 11 May 2018

We are extremely excited to announce that we are now taking bookings for our SAFA (HEAT) programme in the USA (near DC) from this Summer!

The programme will be led by Michael O’Neill, former Director of Global Safety and Security with Save the Children International, and as ever will be delivered
'by humanitarians, for humanitarians'. 

Consultant Trainers

Posted 27 Sep 2017

We are seeking to expand our pool of training consultants to deliver our suite of learning programmes to our clients around the world. We are looking for men and women able to deliver learning programmes in English, French or Arabic.

Made to Care - Commentary on the Dennis vs. NRC verdict

Posted 01 Jul 2017

In November 2015 NRC were found to be Grossly Negligent in the case brought against them by Steve Dennis following his kidnapping in Dadaab, Kenya. The case is sure to have repurcussions for the aid indutsry, and in this blog post we offer ILS' commentary on the findings. 

Kidnapping HEAT Map

Posted 01 Jul 2017

This HEAT map shows the location of kidnapping events affecting aid workers around the world between 2009 - 2014

World Humanitarian Summit Commitments

Posted 01 Jul 2017

The first ever World Humanitarian Summit is taking place in Turkey, 24-25th May 2016. ILS has been very actively involved in preparations for WHS, trying to get aid worker safety, security and wellbeing to feature more prominently on the agenda. In recognition of the need to create a strong voice around these issues we approached EISF to support our efforts. As a result we have galvanised support from humanitarian security risk management stakeholders globally to develop 2 commitments which we hope to present at a Leaders RoundTable.

UK Threat Level for International Terrorism

Posted 01 Jul 2017

In the wake of the Terrorist attack in Manchester, the UK government has increased the Threat Level for International Terrorism to it highest level. The attached document offers some guidance for organisations with staff and premises in the UK on actions to take and measures to implement in response to the change.

Kidnap Preparedness

Posted 01 Jul 2017

Is your organisation ready to deal with the reality of a member of the team being taken hostage? We have developed this free one page checklist of actions to take so that your organisation is prepared to respond should the worst happen.

Travelling with Medication

Posted 01 Jul 2017

Do you know if the medicines you need are legal in the country you are travelling to, do they require any special storage requirements, how large a supply can you get from your Doctor in your home country and are your medicines available in the country you are visiting? 

This guidance sheet produced by our partner InterHealth, gives information on what to do if you need to take medicines with you when you travel internationally.

Responding to Sexual Assault

Posted 01 Jul 2017

This information sheet, produced by our partner InterHealth, contains information & guidance on medical & psychological support for those who have been sexually assaulted. It is intended for those who have responsibility for staff such as HR, security managers & field managers.

Managing Stress in Humanitarian Aid Workers

Posted 01 Jul 2017

Guidelines for Good Practice: Managing Stress in Humanitarian Workers produced by the Antares Foundation ( Also available in Arabic, French, Spanish and Albanian from their website.

Sexual Harassment and Violence

Posted 01 Jul 2017

Guidance sheet on the prevention of sexual harrassment and violence


Posted 01 Jul 2017

Information sheet jointly produced by ILS and InterHealth Worldwide on avoiding, responding to and recovering from Carjacking

Essential Travel Documents

Posted 01 Jul 2017

Information sheet and checklist jointly produced by ILS and InterHealth Worldwide on documents needed for travel 

Road Traffic Collisions

Posted 01 Jul 2017

Information sheet jointly produced by ILS and InterHealth Worldwide on avoiding, responding to and recovering from Road Traffic Collisions

Intelli-Trip Press Release Image

Posted 01 Jun 2017

Intelli-TRIP Information Flyer

Posted 31 May 2017

Intelli-TRIP is a fully integrated online travel risk management platform designed to help you measure, manage and reduce travel risk. The platform is backed by a smartphone App that is used by travellers to assess their risk, communicate with their organisation, check in, or ask for help when they need it.

Duty of care benchmarking

Posted 30 May 2017

ILS will work with you to map how effectively you are meeting your duty of care obligations and highlight where improvements can be made.

Travel Risk Support Services

Posted 29 May 2017

Using our online booking tool, your travellers can secure bespoke travel risk support from our team of experienced Travel Risk Advisors by completing the booking and travel information form.

We offer 4 service levels: Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced & Intermediate. See a full-service comparison and more details below.

Risk Management Support Services

Posted 28 May 2017

For many small and medium sized organisations, accessing affordable and appropriate safety and security advice in a timely manner can be extremely difficult. That’s why we have developed our subscription based, on-demand, Help Desk service to provide access to responsive, ad-hoc, risk advisory services.

For larger organisations, filling short term or interim security advisor roles can be a real challenge. Finding the right people, with the right experience, at the right time, can be difficult, especially if you only need them to cover a few days, weeks or months. At ILS we provide the Embed service to respond to this need.