Safer Access for all National Societies

Increasing acceptance, security and access to people and communities in need

National Red Cross and Red Crescent Produced in cooperation
with National Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies

This website is a collection of resources to help National Societies learn about and apply the actions and measures recommended in the Safer Access Framework in their day-to-day work. It is a one-stop shop containing practical guidance, tools, and National Societies’ shared experiences.

The red cross, red crescent and red crystal. What do they mean? In one word: protection

In a world crowded with symbols, what do the Red Cross, Red Crescent and Red Crystal mean? They are symbols of protection that international law gives to the wounded and sick, and those caring for them, in armed conflict. They tell those fighting that they must not attack anyone or anything that displays these emblems. The symbols can also show a connection to a red cross or red crescent organization, when integrated into their logos. They help people know they are humanitarian organisations, helping people in natural disasters, times of war or other emergencies. Purely based on need. The emblems are not religious symbols. They serve humanity. They are a symbol of protection and a sign that help is at hand. They are also a sign of hope, and must be respected.

This short video provides a brief overview of the meaning of the Red Cross, Red Crescent and Red Crystal. Delegations and National Societies are encouraged to use it in their awareness-raising sessions.

Safer Access Practical toolbox

The Safer Access Framework (SAF) is divided into 8 sections, each containing actions and measures that have proven useful to many National Societies in their efforts to increase their safer access in sensitive and insecure contexts. In this section, you will find practical guidance, tools/templates and reference documents provided by fellow National Societies and others, organized according to the 8 SAF elements. You are invited to share the tools you have developed that have helped you gain safer access. This toolbox is only as good as the contributions it receives!

Safer Access: A Guide and Introduction

The core guidance developed by National Societies for National Societies on how to increase their acceptance, security and access is contained in the Safer Access: A Guide for All National Societies and in the condensed Safer Access: An Introduction. They highlight the foundations underlying the essential preparedness and positioning steps required for National Societies to earn the trust and acceptance of affected communities and of those who control or influence access to them.

Safer Access in action

National Societies’ experiences of working in sensitive and insecure contexts are the foundation of the Safer Access Practical Resource Pack. This interactive map links to in-depth “case studies” describing the experiences of a number of National Societies in applying the Safer Access Framework. It also features briefer “selected experiences” in which a range of National Societies recount the specific challenges encountered in carrying out their humanitarian work and how they overcame them.  National Societies are invited to submit their own selected experience to be published alongside the ones below on the map.