1st Response training resources

Train members to be confident and skilled at providing support in medical emergencies

1st Response - First aid training for Girlguiding members.

The 1st Response training course has been developed in partnership with the Scouts and is recognised by both organisations.

Who can deliver 1st Response?

To deliver 1st Response, you must have:

  • A Girlguiding Trainer qualification with module 4 1st Response or an adult teaching or training qualification. See the accepted adult teaching or training qualifications for 1st Response.
  • All trainers must have a full first aid certificate. This means it's provided and accredited by an organisation or governing body. The course must be at least 6 hours in duration. Example providers of first aid certificates include St John Ambulance, British Red Cross, British Canoeing, the Football Association, Health and Safety Executive.
  • Up-to-date first aid knowledge - you must be able to answer questions from participants.

If you are a doctor, nurse or other health care professional you will need to provide evidence of a recent training such as BLS, ILS or ALS. Where an element of the 1st Response syllabus is not covered in your training you will need to undertake the relevant 1st Response session.

Scout trainers with recognised first aid experience can also deliver 1st Response to Girlguiding members.

If you wish to use an external (non Girlguiding or Scout) trainer who meets the above criteria for first aid training then they'll be required to deliver an external course that meets our Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) requirements.

If you're unable to find enough 1st Response trainers, don't forget that there may be volunteers who fit the criteria in your area - so always ask your local team.

Delivering 1st Response training

1st Response consists of a a 6 hour training course, split into three sessions and a e-learning which can be completed before or after the full training course.

The training course can be delivered as a full 6 hour course or it can be split into 3 x 2 hour sessions to allow for flexibility.

1st Response can be delivered both in-person and virtually using an online platform. The training plans and PowerPoints are presented in a way to allow you to follow either format. 

The three sessions are:

Life support

  • Approach and assessment **
  • CPR for an adult **
  • CPR for a child **
  • Use of AED (automated external defibrillator) *
  • Choking *
  • Causes and level of unresponsiveness 
  • Recovery / safe airway position **

Trauma and injury

  • Shock
  • Bleeding*
  • Fractures and sprains*
  • Head injury
  • Dental incidents
  • Burns

Major illness

  • Asthma
  • Anaphylaxis*
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Diabetes
  • Sepsis/Meningitis

Topics in this list marked with * can be delivered as either theory or practical methods. We recommend practical activities where possible.

Topics marked with ** must be demonstrated practically by the participants (although those who are not able to do this may instruct others in doing the skill), and with a combination of trainer delivered, video and practical teaching methods to aid with learning.

All other items can be delivered in a theoretical way, delivered by a trainer or using video.


The 1st Response e-learning will cover the following areas, which are specific to Girlguiding:

  • Planning and preparation – what you need to know about being a first aider in Girlguiding.
  • Responding to an accident, incident, injury or emergency as first aider in Girlguiding.
  • What happens after an accident, incident, or emergency.

From January 2021 we will be removing the option of the 2 hour refresher training. The full 6 hour course will need to be completed every 3 years.

Training plans

It's important to download and follow the standard course plans below, rather than deliver your own version of the training. 

The following printable resources support activities within the 1st Response course.

We encourage all trainers to check this page regularly for any updates to any of the resources and ensure you always have the most up to date version. 

1st Response training and Covid-19

Virtual online training 

1st Response training can be delivered virtually followed by an in-person skills check covering the areas that need to be checked. There is no time limit on when the in-person skills check needs to take place, but the training course cannot be marked as complete on GO until all areas are complete. 

Organising virtual training should be managed through local guiding and trainers should deliver in their country/region. There will not be any centrally organised virtual 1st Response training. 

  • Sessions must be delivered by two trainers. At least one must be a recognised Girlguiding webinar trainer who can support the virtual elements. Webinar trainers who are also 1st Response trainers are asked to co-deliver with another trainer as they would other webinar trainings. There are webinar trainers in every country/region and offices will be able to see them on GO.  
  • Keep group sizes small, in line with the usual group size for 1st Response training. This allows trainers to check understanding throughout the session.
  • Certain practical areas of the course must still happen. It's important to see each participant perform or instruct practical elements, as they would during in-person training. This could be by trainers meeting with a participant one to one or by meeting with a small group following government guidelines for your country / region. The training can only be marked as complete on GO once this has happened. Please make sure this message is clear when organising and delivering training.
  • Use a platform such as Zoom to deliver the training - these sessions won't be delivered through our live webinar platform.

From 1 April, all training will follow one of the following three options:

  1. E-learning and a full, six hour day of in-person training
  2. E-learning and three lots of two hour in-person training dates
  3. E-learning and three lots of two hour sessions. Module 1 must be delivered in-person, modules 2 and 3 can continue to be delivered through the webinar format.

Do I need to do any additional cleaning or make any modifications as a 1st Response trainer?

The Resuscitation Council UK has released a statement that we would advise all trainers to download and read.

This statement is direct guidance for all training settings. Mannikins should already be cleaned to the standard required for the prevention of transmission of Covid-19. At this moment, we would ask our trainers to teach compression only CPR and not ask participants to perform rescue breaths.