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
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
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.
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
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
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