Organising indoor training sessions

How you can start running A Safe Space and 1st Response training safely

Last updated: 1 April 2021

This guidance has been updated based on government advice for England. It's subject to change if government advice changes. Check the latest guidance for your area.

In-person training in England 

In line with the government timeline for easing lockdown restrictions in England, we can confirm our plan for restarting essential in-person training. 

It’s important to remember that all dates given by the government are “not before” dates and can be changed by the government at any time.

We know that many volunteers need to do their practical skills sessions to finish their 1st Response qualification and A Safe Space training.

From 8 March, in line with government guidelines on socialising, volunteers can meet one-to-one with a 1st Response trainer to complete their practical skills session

From 29 March groups can meet outdoors with 1 trainer and 5 participants to complete the practical session. We encourage you to plan and book these sessions in.

Essential training for A Safe Space and 1st Response can take place in-person and indoors when we move to step 2 of the governments roadmap. This will be 12 April at the earliest.

All in-person training events can start from 21 June at the earliest, depending on government guidance.

For all training sessions including outdoor ones, you'll need to complete a risk assessment. And you’ll need to follow all our advice on making venues Covid-19 secure

Where can I hold training?

Your trainings and trainer meetings should take place in meeting rooms or venues normally used for guiding activities. You cannot use hospitality venues or hold meetings in peoples' homes. This is because government rules are different for peoples’ houses, restaurants, coffees shops and pubs.

Being Covid safe

Any training event taking place before the 21 June must follow government guidelines for Covid secure areas. We'll update with guidance for events after 21 June when it's available.

Full guidance can be found on government websites. Remember there may be different guidelines for your local area/country so please check regularly. 

Things to consider for your event:

  • Maintain social distancing during the training. Consider how many people will be attending and how that will work with the size of your venue.
  • Make sure there are handwashing facilities and hand sanitiser available.
  • Clean all surfaces at the end of an event.
  • Volunteers should bring their own pens and paper. Do not share. Avoid using paper handouts as much as possible.
  • If using break-out groups during the session, then keep people in the same groups to avoid unnecessary mixing.
  • Do not provide any refreshments. Ask attendees to bring their own drinks and snacks.
  • Let members know that if they are feeling unwell or experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, they must not attend the training.
  • A Covid-19 risk assessment must be completed for each event as part of your usual risk assessment. Use our template to assess and mitigate any Covid-19 related risks. These do not need to be signed off by a commissioner but should be available if anyone needs to see them.
  • If you're hiring a venue then ask for a copy of the venue’s Covid-19 risk assessment. Check they have safety measures in place and make sure that you and your group follow these.
  • Make sure to share safety information with attendees before the event so they are aware in advance of what they need to do.

Face coverings

In line with government advice, we recommend wearing masks or face coverings inside, unless you are in a well-ventilated area or can always stay 2 metres apart.

Government advice does allow people to remove face coverings to help with communication in education settings. This would apply to Girlguiding trainers if they feel they need to remove their mask while leading sessions.

Participant numbers and contact tracing

  • There are no specific government guidelines on numbers allowed. But you must limit numbers based on allowing space for social distancing in your venue. We recommend you keep group sizes small.
  • Make sure you have an up-to-date register and contact details, in case you are contacted by a contract tracing service. Details should be kept for 1 month. We recommend the person who commissions the training manages this information.
  • If you are hiring a venue, then you may need to provide contact details for their own test and trace or contact tracing policies.
  • Make sure all data protection rules are followed and seek permission before sharing data.