First aid training for guiding

Understand our requirements for first aid and first aid training at Girlguiding

What you need to know about first aid training as a volunteer

There must be at least one person with valid 1st Response or equivalent first aid training at every unit meeting.

Volunteers who are under 18, including young leaders, cannot be the named first aider in the meeting place or at an event or activity.

We require a qualified First Aider at all unit meetings. If this is not possible please speak to your commissioner to see if First Aid cover can be provided by another member in a one-off situation. If it happens more often, your commissioner should arrange a 1st Response or Refresher course to make sure that more than one volunteer has up-to-date training.

Any adult (18+) with a valid 1st Response or equivalent external first aid qualification can be the first aider at a residential event. For example, a parent helper can be the first aider.

If the first aider is a man, then a woman must be present when someone is being treated. And volunteers who help with issues relating to girls’ personal hygiene should be women.

The 1st Response course and the 1st Response Refresher are both attendance-based courses so it is not possible to 'fail'. If you can't physically demonstrate aspects of the training such as CPR, then you will be required to show that you can instruct others in how to perform these techniques.

The same content is delivered by Girlguiding certified Trainers in 1st Response and 1st Response Refresher courses throughout the UK to ensure consistency and high standards.

This course is a permit to carry out first aid duties within Guiding and Scouting. It is not recognised or transferable outside of our charities.

Yes. Girlguiding does joint 1st Response training with the Scouts and the content of the course covers the same topics as The Scout Association courses.

First aid qualifications, including 1st Response, the Refresher course, and external awards, are entered on Go! by the local Commissioner as 'First Aid'. They are shown as valid for three years from the qualification date.

When volunteers complete their Refresher course or renew their external award, the Commissioner will update the first aid qualification ‘qualified date’ on Go! to the date this renewal was completed. This will then re-validate the qualification for a further three years.

See these resources to understand how Commissioners should work with the 1st Response Trainer to identify volunteers who need refresher training and to arrange courses: