As a result of concerns raised by both parents and Leaders surrounding the use of mobile phones during Unit meetings and Guiding activities such as residential visits, we have produced some guidelines which we hope will help Leaders make decisions when faced with having to balance the benefits of girls having mobile phones to hand, with the need to safeguard our members.
Click here to download the guidelines. Please note this is not a policy document and should not be referred to as such.
Click here to download information on the Guiding Delivery Proposal Form. If you have an idea for a training, activity day, resource, publication, challenge, event, or another form of initiative, you can now give us all the information we need on an easy to complete form and your idea can then be considered by the Guiding Delivery Committee.
Young people aged 16 - 18 no longer require recruitment checks even when attending residential events. However, current legislation means it is essential that they are supervised at all times irrespective of whether it is a local meeting or a residential event. Recruitment checks must be carried out if a young person turns 18 prior to attending a residential event.
Girlguiding is committed to being an inclusive organisation that is accessible to all girls and young women - no matter what their identity, background, or additional needs.
The County/Island Inclusion Advisers have produced a leaflet offering help and advice for Leaders, enabling them to create a safe environment where all girls feel an equal sense of belonging and can receive tailored support to reach their maximum potential. The leaflet contains information on how to make contact with your Inclusion Adviser and where you can find further information on any issues affecting your unit. Click here to download.
New checklists and risk assessments are being issued by Girlguiding with the return to face-to-face Unit meetings, and Region are offering support for Commissioners who are signing these off for the first time.
With Units in England returning to outdoor Guiding, there is now no limit on the number of girls, young women and Leaders who can be present at a meeting. However, you do need to be mindful of the amount of space available to do this safely and activities need to be COVID secure. You can find out more on the Girlguiding Website - click here.
Before Units do start meeting face-to-face, Leaders will need to clarify who holds A Safe Space Level 3 within the Unit and how first aid will be provided. It will also be necessary to have a risk assessment signed off by a Commissioner - click here for further information on this.
Virtual Guiding can of course continue if Units are not able to meet face-to-face.
Our region safeguarding reporting template is currently under review following new guidance from Girlguiding.
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