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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
To complete Level 3 you must attend a face-to-face Level 3 training. Click here to go to our Events Booking Site for information on the Region's Level 3 trainings.
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.
To complete Level 4 you must attend a face-to-face Level 4 training. Click here to go to our Events Booking Site for information on the Region's Level 4 trainings.
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.
- 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.
Remember to complete the SurveyMonkey at the end of each e-learning session so that your GO record is updated and check that your record reflects the training you have undertaken. For Levels 2 and 3, both parts need to be recorded on GO before you will be accredited with the training.