Girlguiding are recommending that all Leaders hold A Safe Space Level 3. To support this, Girlguiding South West England are encouraging all Units in the Region to have at least two Leaders with Level 3 by the end of July, and for all Leaders in every Unit to have A Safe Space Level 3 by the end of 2022.
Whether your Unit is meeting face to face or online, there must be in attendance at least one Leader, Assistant Leader or Leader-in-Training who holds A Safe Space Level 3 otherwise the meeting cannot go ahead. This also applies to activities away from the meeting place and includes residential events.
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.
Girlguiding will act quickly to remove your membership if you have not completed the necessary 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. This could have implications when applying for a job if you are asked if you have ever been refused membership of an organisation.
Click here to check the A Safe Space training required for your role. Levels 1-3 need to be renewed every three years and Level 4, after five years Your Levels will not necessarily expire at the same time. If you take on a new role, you will have 120 days from the start date to complete the required training. You will receive notice 120 days prior to your A Safe Space qualification expiring. Please renew this as soon as you can - your renewal date in three years' time will not be brought forward but will remain the same.
Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone. By protecting the safety and wellbeing of the girls and young women in your Unit, you will be helping to create an environment in which young members will be able to thrive and enjoy their Guiding experiences. It is essential to keep your A Safe Space Training Levels 1-3 up to date and to renew your training as soon as you are informed that you need to do so.
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.
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.
The Level 3 A Safe Space training is now being delivered virtually. Click here to go to our Events Booking Site for more information. If you would prefer to attend a face to face training, these can be booked through your County/Island.
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.
The Region's A Safe Space Level 4 training is now being 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.
A Safe Space Training for Young Leaders
There is now an age appropriate e-learning for 14-17 year olds covering A Safe Space Levels 1 and 2. The training can be accessed on Girlguiding's learning platform - you will need to use the e-mail address that is recorded on your GO records.