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 check the documents in the box below.

Download these documents to find out which levels of A Safe Space training are needed for specific roles

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, peer educators and young leaders.

People visiting units more than once should be asked to complete the Level 1 A Safe Space training. As we cannot log or enforce this training until someone is a registered volunteer on GO there is no need to ask for proof of completion. Anyone completing the eLearning can download and save or print a certificate at that time should they later want it as proof.

People visiting a unit once do not need to be asked to complete the Level 1 A Safe Space training but if returning,  please do ensure they are aware of the importance of understanding and implementing our safeguarding practice.

Read more about A Safe Space, Level 1

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.

Read more about A Safe Space, Level 2

A Safe Space, Level 3 – Recognising, telling and taking action

For anyone leading a team of adults, at least one leader per unit (leader, assistant leader, leader in training), mentors, advisers, coordinators (except GO coordinators), licence holders on residentials, trainers, tutors and those doing level 4.

Read more about A Safe Space, Level 3

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 Level 4, safeguarding leads and A Safe Space advisers. There may be volunteers in other roles that may find this useful, for example, contingent management/support teams leading a national contingent to international events.

Level 4 resources are available to all trainers and those attending the Level 4 training. To access them please liaise with your commissioner, A Safe Space trainer, trainer coordinator or email [email protected]

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 safeguarding learning and experience process.

Please submit completed forms to your trainer coordinator or a Safe Space trainer to review.

Any questions?

If you have a safeguarding question or concern contact [email protected].

If you have questions about the training email [email protected]uiding.org.uk.

Begin A Safe Space training

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

Get started with Level 1