A Safe Space training

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

Understand your role in creating a safe space for our young members

It's really important to Girlguiding that we keep girls and young women safe from physical, sexual and emotional harm. Only when girls feel that Rainbows, Brownies, Guides or The Senior Section are secure places, will they be able to have fun, learn new things, make friends and grow. That's why we've developed A Safe Space training.

A Safe Space training is designed to help all volunteers who work with young members identify potential safeguarding issues. It also introduces Girlguiding's safety and safeguarding policies. The session provides the opportunity to discuss safety issues with other members and to ask any questions you may have.

Who should attend this training?

This training is open to all volunteers. All Leaders in Training are required to complete A Safe Space training as part of their Leadership Qualification.

What will I learn?

The training course covers:

  • Safety and Safeguarding policy
  • Code of Conduct
  • safety and risk
  • digital communications and A Safe Cyberspace
  • data protection
  • types and signs of abuse
  • issues affecting young people
  • types and signs of bullying
  • disclosures and reporting a concern.

How long will it take?

This is a three-hour, face-to-face training run locally.

How do I sign up to a training?

Contact your local Commissioner. Priority may be given to Leaders in Training, depending on the demand for sessions locally.

A Safe Space e-learning

Girlguiding has designed the A Safe Space e-learning that follow the same topics as the face-to-face training sessions. Anyone can complete this e-learning, and it comes in three online modules.

The modules are perfect for:

  • Leaders in training who are waiting for local face-to-face training to be delivered
  • Leaders who have done Girlguiding safeguarding training before and want a reminder.

If you're a Leader in Training, these modules can count towards the Leadership Qualification but only in exceptional circumstances. You can find out more about this below.

Exemptions from A Safe Space face-to-face training

Nearly all Leaders in Training must do the A Safe Space face-to-face training. However, there are two instances when you might be exempt.

  • If you are currently undertaking a role working directly with children or young people outside of Girlguiding and you have received formal face-to-face training on safeguarding for under-18s in the last three years. The training must have covered all the content areas listed above.
  • Because of exceptional circumstances, you are not able to attend the face-to-face A Safe Space training. You will need to seek the permission of your Country/Region Chief Commissioner in this case.

If either of these apply, you will need to:

  • complete the three A Safe Space e-learning modules to meet the safeguarding training requirement. The e-learning modules will provide you with information on Girlguiding-specific policies and procedures, and highlight the support available to you
  • arrange a follow-up discussion (face-to-face, phone or video call) with a Trainer who is accredited to hold A Safe Space trainings, so that you have the opportunity to ask any questions or clarify anything you are unsure about - contact your Commissioner to arrange this.

How will my learning be recorded?

Your Go! record will be updated when you either attend the face-to-face A Safe Space training or complete the e-learning modules when appropriate.

Do A Safe Space e-learning

It's perfect if you want a refresher or as preparation for our face-to-face training.