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A Safe Space Completion Figures August 2020

Time is running out!  There are now less than 100 days left until compliance!  By the end of 2020 all volunteers are required to have the correct level of A Safe Space training for their role.  Volunteers who do not meet this requirement by December 2020 are putting their membership at risk.

Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do in Girlguiding and our volunteers share an important responsibility to protect and promote the safety and wellbeing of our members.  If you have completed your A Safe Space Training, thank you!  If you can speak to your Guiding friends and fellow volunteers and remind them that they also need to complete theirs, that would be a huge help.

Commissioners:   If you are struggling with a long list of volunteers who still need to complete their training and are unsure where to start and what actions are required, we can offer you a one-to-one Zoom call to help you understand your list and provide advice on the actions that need to be taken by you and your volunteers.  If you are a Division Commissioner and would like a Zoom call for yourself and your District Commissioners, then we can offer that too.  E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. confirming whether you would like a one-to-one call or a group call and what day and time would suit you best, and we will arrange the meeting for you and send out the necessary links to the participants.  

Please remind Units to make sure their occasional helpers in particular complete Levels 1 and 2 as required. We can provide you with a list of volunteers within respective Divisions/Districts/Counties or Islands who still need to complete their training, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here to download an Excel spreadsheet listing all the Units which are not Level 3 compliant.  The Units are grouped by County/Island.  If you would prefer a list in Word, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  You can also help by carrying out a housekeeping exercise on all your members with inactive roles who appear on GO.  You can track the A Safe Space levels for your volunteers by logging onto GO and selecting Level Support/Commissioners>Reports>A Safe Space Report.  Use the help file, Using Statistical Reports to find out more.

All Volunteers:  Click here to check the A Safe Space training required for your role - this applies to all the roles you hold. Your local Commissioner will have details of the trainings which are available in your area. Please note that Leaders who completed the previous A Safe Space training equivalent to Levels 1 - 2 (before September 2017) will be required to renew their training before December 2020, and A Safe Space Levels 1 - 3 must be renewed every three years.

Level 1

Click here to go to the Level 1 e-learning module (this takes approximately 20 minutes to complete).  This level can also be completed by attending a face-to-face training. 

Level 2

Click here to go to the Level 2 e-learning module. This takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and includes an assessment quiz.  This level can also be completed by attending a Level 2 face-to-face training.

Level 3

The Level 3 A Safe Space training will now be delivered virtually. Click here to go to our Events Booking Site for more information.

At least one Leader per unit (Leader, Assistant Leader or Leader in Training) must have completed A Safe Space Level 3 by the end of this year.  

Level 4

The Region's A Safe Space Level 4 training will now be delivered virtually in two sessions, both of which need to be attended in order to complete the training.  Click here to go to our Events Booking Site for more information.

Going Away With Licence

After December 2020, Leaders who hold the Going Away With Licence will be required to complete Levels 1 - 3 of the A Safe Space training if they wish to continue to use their licence to take girls away.  Residential events planned before the compliance deadline can still go ahead without this requirement being met, but it is considered good practice for the training to have been completed.  

Recognised Prior Learning

Volunteers who already have safeguarding expertise or experience outside of Guiding may like to consider the A Safe Space Recognising Prior Learning Process in order to be exempted from attending a Level 3 training.  To be eligible, volunteers must hold a qualification attached to their professional role which includes child or adult protection within the syllabus, and receive yearly updates.  Their professional role must include decision making responsibility as a designated lead or similar.  

Click here to download the Recognising prior safeguarding learning and experience application form - you might find the following 'top tips' useful!  The completed form should be returned to Julie Brown at the Region Office via e-mail - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Please do not send these by post.  

  • Make sure you complete every box on the application form.
  • Attach the evidence required.  This needs to demonstrate the qualification you have as well as the designated lead role.  You can share certificates and even a name badge showing your designated lead role.
  • Make sure your evidence has not expired.  If there is less than a year left on this, are you able to provide anything else?
  • Don't forget to share a screenshot of your completed e-learning courses on your GO record (see note below).
  • If your certificate doesn't detail the course content, are you able to find a webpage with this on or ask your employer to confirm this is equivalent to the A Safe Space Level 3 outcomes?

There is no recognised prior Safeguarding learning and experience available for Levels 1, 2 and 4 as the content covered in these levels explains specific Girlguiding approaches to Safeguarding.  

If you need any help or support, please contact your local Commissioner, your County or Island GO Co-ordinator, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Download the Booking Terms and Conditions for Trainings, Activities and Events for Individual Participants.


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