Safety & Risk Assessment

The risks faced by journalists reporting on conflict, crime and corruption around the world are increasing all the time. But there are precautions you can take to help ensure you stay as safe as possible.


Working independently, and often alone, freelancers can be very vulnerable. Whether you are providing the pictures and stories that international broadcasters, newspapers and agencies rely on or informing the public in your own country, you may often risk injury, threats, psychological effects, kidnap or murder. This resource will help you recognise, manage and minimise these risks when preparing for your next assignment.

It’s important to remember that PHYSICAL, DIGITAL and PSYCHOLOGICAL risk are all inextricably linked.  Consider each element, but also how they impact each other, when assessing risk.

Risk assessment: get started

Risk Assessment: Getting Started


Prepare for your assignment by undertaking a risk assessment.

Risk assessment security protocol

Risk Assessment & Security Protocol


How to complete a risk assessment and security protocol form.

Risk assessment communications plan

Creating a Communications Plan


An essential part of risk assessment.

Risk assessment: proof of life

Creating a Proof of Life Document


This could save your life if you are kidnapped or abducted.