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
All the information you need to find out about our safe space training including what level you will require can be found here: https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/making-guiding-happen/learning-and-development/a-safe-space-training/.
There are 4 levels. Common queries on who needs what are answered below
- Leaders – require Levels 1 and 2. One leader per unit requires Levels 1, 2 and 3.
- License holders/GAW – require Levels 1, 2 and 3.
- Young leaders (including those doing the Young Leader qualification, aged 14 and over) - require Levels 1 and 2.
- Occasional helpers, GO coordinators, home contacts and parent helpers – require Level 1.
- Assistant leaders, unit helpers, leaders in training – require Levels 1 and 2.
- Commissioners (including designates and deputies) – require Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4.
- Trefoil guild members - require Level 1.
- Peer educators – require Level 1 and 2.
There is no prior accreditation for Levels 1, 2 and 4. This is because the content covered in these levels explains specific Girlguiding approaches to safeguarding.
There is prior accreditation for the Level 3 part 2 face to face 3 hour training and details can be found here https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/globalassets/docs-and-resources/learning-and-development/a-safe-space-2017/a-safe-space-recognising-prior-learning-process.pdf
The form needs to be returned to Julie Brown at the South West Region office firstname.lastname@example.org - please read the requirements carefully to avoid disappointment.
The deadline (31 December 2020) has been set to allow reasonable time to meet the compliance requirements. So, the A Safe Space requirements don’t have to be met until then, meaning that residentials, for example, can continue to take place even if the licence holder doesn’t have the level 3 qualification yet. But, we strongly encourage units to meet the standards to be expected by this date as soon as possible (for example, ensure license holders have completed Levels 1-3) so that high standards of safeguarding are in place for all our girls.
If you have any further queries, please ask your District/Section/Division Commissioner in the first instance.