It is really important that all of our adult volunteers are aware of their responsibilities in keeping girls and young women safe. You need to understand your safeguarding responsibilities in Girlguiding and know the law and current best practice (this may be different to your professional role). This will ensure guiding activities are delivered safely, effectively and enjoyably.
Girlguiding’s safeguarding training is changing. The new training is split into four modules. If you are unsure what you need to do to make sure you are up to date, we have a handy guide to help you work out which modules you and your team need to complete:
A Safe Space, Level 1 – An introduction
All volunteers, including occasional helpers, GO coordinators, home contacts, peer educators and those doing the Young Leader qualification (age 14+) should complete A Safe Space Level 1. You can do this by going to a face-to-face training session OR by completing an e-learning module.
Home contacts need to complete Level 1 of the A Safe Space training via e-learning because they are the go-to person when a group is away on a residential and the unit leader may call on them to help in a safeguarding situation. So, it’s important they understand their role and the processes in place to aid in this kind of situation. This may affect your choice of home contact for future residential events.
A Safe Space, Level 2 – Creating a safe space
All leaders, assistant leaders, unit helpers, leaders in training, young leaders and peer educators should complete A Safe Space Level 2. You can do this by going to a face-to-face training session OR by completing an e-learning module, followed by a chat with your commissioner or A Safe Space trainer. You must also complete module 1.
A Safe Space, Level 3 – Recognising, telling and taking action
Anyone leading a team of adults, leaders in charge (or at least one leader per unit with module four of the Leadership qualification), mentors, advisers, coordinators (except GO coordinators), licence holders on residentials, trainers and tutors should all complete A Safe Space Level 3. You can do this by completing the module three e-learning, THEN going to a face-to-face training session. You must also complete modules 1 and 2.
A Safe Space, Level 4 – Managing concerns, allegations and disclosures
Level 4 is for all commissioners, designates, deputies and those sharing a role, trainers delivering A Safe Space, safeguarding leads and A Safe Space advisers. You must also complete modules 1, 2 and 3.
Everyone needs to have the correct level of A Safe Space training for their role by December 2020. However, we recommend updating your knowledge as soon as possible.
Face to Face Trainings
If you are listed on GO as the leader in charge of your unit, you should have received a letter in the post inviting you to one of the Safe Space training sessions that will be happening across the South West of England next year. Please make sure you book promptly to secure a space on your preferred date.
You can find the e-learning modules by following the links above or by logging into GO and navigating to the ‘Learning Opportunities’ section.
If you have any questions about A Safe Space training, please contact your District Commissioner. If you are a Leader in Training, please speak with your mentor to make sure you understand what level of A Safe Space you need to complete to achieve your qualification.