Mandatory Ongoing Learning

Mandatory Ongoing Learning

Mandatory Ongoing Learning

Ongoing Safety Training

We are constantly reviewing our safety policies and have a requirement to complete safety training on a periodic basis. To aid this, an online safety training course is available for all adults involved in Scouting to ensure that they are kept up to date . 

At the end of the training there is a short assessment to check your understanding, no other validation is required. Once completed, this will generate a virtual certificate which you should send (by screen copy, scan or photo) to your Line Manager (Group Scout Leader, District Commissioner or District Explorer Scout Commissioner) alternatively, you could send it to your Local Training Advisor. A link to the online e-learning is available here.

Ongoing Safety Training must be completed at least every three years.  

 Ongoing Safeguarding Training

Our commitment to safeguarding our members is important to us and therefore regular refresher training is required by completing an online training course. This ensures that all adults in Scouting are aware of any changes to the law or to The Scout Association policies. 

At the end of the training there is a short assessment to check your understanding, no other validation is required. Once completed, this will generate a virtual certificate which you should send (by screen copy, scan or photo) to your Line Manager (Group Scout Leader, District Commissioner or District Explorer Scout Commissioner) alternatively, you could send it to your Local Training Advisor. A link to the online e-learning is available here.

Ongoing Safeguarding Training must be completed at least every three years.  

Mandatory GDPR Training

GDPR Training is a mandatory module for all appointments. It covers the basic information that individual’s need to know in relation to the General Data Protection Regulations, what this means for their role and for Scouting and how to effectively align with it. Topics covered:

  • Personal Data
  • Individuals’ rights
  • Consent
  • Accountability & Governance

Currently, learning is only available through e-learning. This e-learning will function on a range of systems and devices, detailed in these e-learning FAQs.

We would strongly advise you to watch the how-to guide video for using e-learning before you begin the e-learning. This can be viewed here.

A link to the online e-learning is available here. Once completed, a copy of the certificate should be sent to your Local Training Manager. No validation is required.

Other Learning

First Aid Training

Leaders, managers and some supporters in Scouting must hold a current first aid qualification at all times. Others are encouraged to obtain and maintain a qualification but it is not compulsory. If you are unsure as to the need for you to have a first aid qualification, contact your line manager or your Local Training Manager.

The minimum standard for this qualification is First Response, but higher levels of qualification are needed if delivering first aid training or leading certain kinds of adventurous activities. This provision will ensure a minimum standard of first aid knowledge and training across the Movement.

It is not compulsory for your first aid training to be provided by scouting although they must be for a minimum of 6 hours and contain all the requirements set out by the Scout Association. Full details of First Aid training requirements are available here. If you complete an external course, this is likely to have a three year expiry and may not always cover every aspect required by the Scout Association. If that is the case, you will need to “top up” this learning details of what is required and where to obtain the information is available on the First Response Top Up page which is located here.

A copy of the certificate and, where appropriate your results page from the completed quiz, should be provided to your Local Training Manager in order that it can be recorded on Compass.

Professions with First Aid experience:

The Scout Association does recognise that some professions by the nature of the job will have a first aid element; for example, Nurses, Midwives, Police Officers, Medical Practitioners, Members of HM Armed Forces, Ambulance Care – Assistants/Paramedics/Technicians, etc. To exempt these professions from undergoing more first aid training, they are required to provide evidence of an up-to-date qualification which should meet the criteria for what is considered our minimum standard. With regards to ‘evidence’, this can be a certificate or an official letter confirming the necessary areas have been met. Please note though that many of these professionals will only have undertaken Basic Life Support training and not First Aid training. To validate their training, they should refer to the First Response Top Up page which is located here.

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