Girlguiding Website details how A Safe Space training helps you create an environment where girls can be safe and have fun. This is mandatory training required to be completed every three years and levels required depend on your Girlguiding role as detailed below.
Required for all volunteers including occasional helpers, GO coordinators, home contacts, peer educators and young leaders.
For leaders, assistant leaders, unit helpers, leaders in training, young leaders, peer educators, those attending residential events and those that need level 3 and 4.
For anyone leading a team of adults and at least one leader per unit. Mentors, advisers, coordinators (except GO coordinators), licence holders on residentials, trainers and those doing level 4 should also complete.
For all commissioners, designates, deputies and those sharing a role, trainers delivering A Safe Space Level 4, Safeguarding leads and A Safe Space advisers.
Your GO record will be automatically updated once your training is completed and you will be sent a reminder six months before it is due to expire. Levels 1-3 need redoing every three years and every five years for Level 4.
We have a recognised prior learning process for level 3, if you meet the requirements you will still need to complete levels 1 and 2. Check out our recognising prior safeguarding learning and experience process.
Training for all volunteers to give first aid and manage emergency situations. It is encouraged for everyone in a volunteer role with us to complete 1st Response training however at least One person at every unit meeting must have a valid first aid qualification. Also, it is a requirement of Commissioners and those undertaking the Leadership Qualification to hold a valid certificate. Rangers can do the course as part of their personal development.
Training comprises of a local training session for 1st Response and complete the 1st Response e-learning online. The 1st Response training session can be delivered both in-person or virtually using Zoom and will either be delivered in one day as a six hour session or split into three 2-hour sessions. Anyone attending a virtual training will need to meet a trainer in-person to complete some practical elements eg CPR however Covid rules at present prevent meeting face to face. e-learning can be completed before or after the full training course, and must be completed in order to be recognised as a first aider in Girlguiding.
First Response training requires to be completed every three years.
You may not need to attend our 1st Response course, check here to find out what external first aid qualifications are accepted by Girlguiding as equivalent to 1st Response.
Have you included your Girlguiding skills on your CV? Through the activities you do and the roles you take on in guiding, you’re building new skills and gaining valuable experience. The skills you develop with Girlguiding will make your CV stand out; Teamwork, Leadership, Organisation, Communication and Specialist Skills such as training and fundraising. For hints and tips download the Guiding on your CV leaflet.
There are lots of opportunities for volunteers in Girlguiding aside from working with the girls. You may already be doing the role as your professional career or you may just be interested in a new challenge. There are lots to choose from – Training and Mentoring; Recruitment and Membership; Archivist; Marketing and Communications; Commissioner and many more. Check out Girlguiding website for more information and don’t forget they look great on your CV!
Take advantage of our great leadership learning opportunities and be confident that you have the skills and knowledge to be an inspirational leader. Find out about your Leadership Skills and the 12 Steps to becoming a great Leader in the Leadership Toolkit. There are lots of online training courses from programme training to leadership skills to branding, to help you progress as a volunteer.
Have you heard of GLOW (Global Leadership Online for *WAGGGS)? These are international leadership courses run by WAGGGS. Links to all can be found below:
*WAGGGS – World Assoc of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts