First aid training FAQs
Understand our requirements for first aid and first aid training at Girlguiding
What you need to know about first aid training as a volunteer
We’ve updated our guidelines on extensions for 1st Response.
If your qualification expired after 16 March 2020 it will remain valid until 31 October, or six months from the original expiry date, whichever is latest - up until 31 March 2021 when all retraining must have been completed.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance on first aid training extensions says that guidance people need to be able to 'demonstrate that they have made every effort to arrange requalification training as soon as possible and can explain in detail why they have not been able to do so' for an extension. So you need to book onto a course as soon as you can.
The e-learning needs to be completed by all volunteers doing 1st Response training.
If you have an external first aid qualification that’s accepted as an equivalent to 1st Response, then you also need to do the e-learning.
If you do not do the e-learning, your 1st Response training will not be valid. You cannot be a first aider in Girlguiding until you have completed the e-learning. You can do the e-learning before or after your training session. We recommend doing it as close to your training session as you can.
Yes, both the full 6-hour course and 2-hour refresher can be delivered online. Each participant will need to meet in-person with a trainer to check a number of practical skills as part of the course.
Approach and assessment and CPR on both children and adults must be demonstrated practically by the participants. Those who are not able to do this can instruct others in doing the skill.
We encourage you to try and do your skills check with a trainer within three months of your virtual session. We’re allowing flexibility on this at the moment because we know Covid-19 restrictions can make it difficult.
For 1st Response refresher trainings – you do not need to do the full training again if you have attended the virtual training before 31 December. You will need to attend the in-person skills check when it is safe to do so.
We recommend that you complete all training including the e-learning within 3 months of each other.
Your 1st Response training will be valid once all elements have been completed, including attending any in-person practical sessions, and completing the e-learning.
1st Response training is locally organised so speak to your commissioner or county to find out when sessions are running and how you can attend.
The course book is still available in our online shop but it’s not a requirement of the course to buy a copy. It will stay on sale until the end of 2020.
We have several downloadable resources to support the training. These will be kept up-to-date so you always have the correct information available.
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.
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.
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 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.