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A Safe Space Figures January 2021

Remember to check when you are due to renew your A Safe Space training in 2021 and make sure you get this booked in good time as your Membership will be withdrawn by Girlguiding if you do not hold the correct level of training for all the roles you hold, and existing regulations relating to the termination of membership mean you will not be able to apply to return to Girlguiding for three years.

Click here to check the A Safe Space training required for your role. 

From 1st January 2021 every Unit must have present at a meeting either a Leader, Assistant Leader or Leader in Training who has completed Level 3.  If this is not possible, then the meeting, either face-to-face or virtually, cannot take place as you will be in breach of the Safeguarding Policy and compliance action will be taken.  If you have completed your Level 3 training as a Leader/Assistant Leader/Leader in Training in one Unit, and are a Unit Helper/Unit Administrator in a second Unit, your Level 3 will not provide the necessary 'cover' for the second Unit.  If both Units are in the same Section, you will need to amend your role for the second Unit to Leader/Assistant Leader/Leader in Training.  If the Units are in different Sections, you will need to complete Module 1 of the Leadership Qualification which can now be done using a checklist - click here.

Level 1

Click here to go to the Level 1 e-learning module (this takes approximately 20 minutes to complete).  This level can also be completed by attending a face-to-face training. 

Level 2

Click here to go to the Level 2 e-learning module. This takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and includes an assessment quiz.  This level can also be completed by attending a Level 2 face-to-face training.

Level 3

The Level 3 A Safe Space training will now be delivered virtually. Click here to go to our Events Booking Site for more information.

The Level 3 e-learning is optional and is expected to be a top-up to the face-to-face training that is being delivered virtually.  If you are a Leader and need Level 3 to be compliant, or for your Unit to be compliant, then you need to complete the face-to-face training online.  

Level 4

The Region's A Safe Space Level 4 training will now be delivered virtually in two sessions, both of which need to be attended in order to complete the training.  Click here to go to our Events Booking Site for more information.

Going Away With Licence

Leaders who hold the Going Away With Licence are now required to complete Levels 1 - 3 of the A Safe Space training if they wish to continue to use their licence to take girls away.   

Recognised Prior Learning

Volunteers who already have safeguarding expertise or experience outside of Guiding might be exempt from attending Level 3 training and should complete the A Safe Space Recognising Prior Learning Process application form.  To be eligible, volunteers must hold a qualification attached to their professional role which includes child or adult protection within the syllabus, and receive yearly updates.  Their professional role must include decision making responsibility as a designated lead or similar.  

Click here to download the form - you might find the following 'top tips' useful!  The completed form should be returned to Vikki Warner at the Region Office via e-mail - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Please do not return your form by post.  

  • Make sure you complete every box on the application form.
  • Attach the evidence required.  This needs to demonstrate the qualification you have as well as the designated lead role.  You can share certificates and even a name badge showing your designated lead role.
  • Make sure your evidence has not expired.  If there is less than a year left on this, are you able to provide anything else?
  • Don't forget to share a screenshot of your completed e-learning courses on your GO record (see note below).
  • If your certificate doesn't detail the course content, are you able to find a webpage with this on or ask your employer to confirm this is equivalent to the A Safe Space Level 3 outcomes?

There is no recognised prior Safeguarding learning and experience available for Levels 1, 2 and 4 as the content covered in these levels explains specific Girlguiding approaches to Safeguarding.  

A Safe Space Certificate of ComplianceFor all those Units that have reached total compliance, ie all their volunteers have the correct level of training for all their roles, we have created the A Safe Space Certificate of Compliance. Click here to download the certificate as a Word document which can either be edited and then printed, or printed and completed by hand.  The certificate can be displayed by a Unit in its meeting place.  Perhaps District and Division Commissioners would like to present the certificate to Units once they have become fully compliant.  

If you need any help or support on any aspect of A Safe Space training, please contact your local Commissioner, your County or Island GO Co-ordinator, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Download the Booking Terms and Conditions for Trainings, Activities and Events for Individual Participants.


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