A Safe Space training

Our safeguarding training ensures that volunteers offer girls a safe space where they can have fun, learn and grow

We’ve updated our A Safe Space training to help you create an environment where girls can be safe and have fun

Safety is at the heart of everything we do. Because we know that when girls feel safe, they feel brave enough to do things they never thought they could. That’s why we’ve updated our A Safe Space training.

The new training will help you:

  • Understand your role in safeguarding and what to do
  • Recognise potential safeguarding issues
  • Understand our safety and safeguarding policies
  • Chat to others about what to do
  • Answer your questions

There are four levels of training. All volunteers will need to do Level 1 unless you’ve done A Safe Space training in the last three years. The previous A Safe Space training is equivalent to Level 1 and 2 of this training.

By December 2020 everyone needs to have the correct level of A Safe Space training for their role.

If you’re unsure which training is required of your role please contact your commissioner or country/region office for more information, or see our access levels information for your role.

We’ve worked alongside countries and regions and set up special teams to help us get everyone up-to-speed by the end of 2020. The national safeguarding team is going out and training county commissioners and A Safe Space trainers. Your commissioner will tell you when training is planned in your area.

A Safe Space training

A Safe Space, Level 1 – An introduction
For all volunteers including occasional helpers, GO coordinators, home contacts and parent helpers, peer educators and those doing the Young Leader qualification (age 14+).

A Safe Space, Level 2 – Creating a safe space
For leaders, assistant leaders, unit helpers, leaders in training, young leaders, peer educators and those that are doing level 3 and 4.

A Safe Space, Level 3 – Recognising, telling and taking action
For 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, tutors and those doing level 4.

A Safe Space, Level 4 – Managing concerns, allegations and disclosures
For all commissioners, designates, deputies and those sharing a role, trainers delivering A Safe Space, safeguarding leads and A Safe Space advisers. Level 4 resources will be available by the end of 2017.

After you've done the training

Your GO record will show you’ve done it and when you need a refresher, you'll be sent a reminder. This happens every three years for Levels 1-3 and every five years for Level 4, to make sure everyone is up to date with any changes.

Already have safeguarding expertise or experience outside of guiding?

Check out our recognising prior learning checklist.

Any questions about the training?

Contact us on [email protected]

Any questions about safeguarding?

Email us on [email protected]

Begin A Safe Space training

Get your safeguarding training started with A Safe Space, Level 1 - An introduction.

Get started with Level 1