Child safety

How do we keep girls safe?

Girlguiding offers fun, challenge and adventure to our young members in the UK. We know that young people thrive in safe surroundings so Girlguiding takes the safety of girls and young women very seriously and has an excellent reputation for providing a safe environment for members to enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities.

We have clear safety guidelines which all our volunteers follow. We also have our own Leader qualifications and training.

We carry out recruitment checks on all volunteers who work directly with our young members. This includes criminal record disclosure checks, two references and an informal discussion with a local Commissioner – a member of guiding responsible for the management of adults involved in guiding.

Leader qualifications and training

All our adult Leaders and Assistant Leaders take a Leadership Qualification which includes a module covering safety. They are also encouraged to undertake other training such as First Aid and child protection awareness on a regular basis

Out and about

We undertake a risk assessment for all trips, residential events and holidays, and ensure all adventurous activities are run by properly qualified instructors. Leaders wishing to take young members on a residential adventure work towards completing a qualification to ensure that the young members stay safe whilst having fun!

We also have guidance regarding the ratio of adults to girls when going outside the usual meeting place:

  • Rainbows: one adult to five girls
  • Brownies: one adult to eight girls
  • Guides: one adult to twelve girls.

Ensuring that parents are kept informed and data is kept safe

So that Leaders can keep parents informed of all the exciting opportunities available to our young members, parents are asked to complete a Starting Form which gathers some very basic data that is stored on the Girlguiding membership database (Go!). All the information provided on this form will be stored securely and destroyed in line with the Data Protection Act 1998, and protected against unlawful or unauthorised use. It is the policy of Girlguiding that all personal information such as names and contact details, will only be used for guiding purposes and never be passed to a third party. 

If you have any concerns or compliments

Compliments are gratefully received!  All of our volunteer Leaders give their time freely to ensure our young members have fun and enjoy the opportunities that guiding can offer. Being an adult member of guiding is hugely rewarding but hearing from parents how much the girls are enjoying themselves is very rewarding too!

Sometimes things may not be going too well and it is Girlguiding’s policy to deal with all questions, concerns and complaints in an open and fair way. If for some reason you are unhappy with your daughter’s participation in guiding please talk it through with her Leader so that the situation can be resolved as quickly as possible. If you feel you cannot do this you can talk to the local Commissioner or use this online 'Concerns and compliments' form.

Online Safety

No message is posted on our message or chat boards without being reviewed by an adult first. We remove any personal information such as email addresses submitted by girls that could put them at risk.

Girls' full names are not included on Girlguiding websites, or in any publications, and photos of girls are not shown without their parents' permission.

We also take care to inform our girls and Leaders about how to stay safe online.

Frequently asked questions

Can I ask to see references or disclosures relating to adults working in my daughter's unit?

No. Under the Data Protection Act and the DBS Code of Practice, all such information about adults in guiding is confidential.

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