Part of the Getting Started training and Mandatory Ongoing Learning
Who this is for
All volunteers in their first 5 months.
Renewed every 3 years.
How to complete it
There are 5 lessons and an assessment.
How long it takes
Getting it signed off
Email your certificate to your Training Advisor or volunteer line manager.
What you’ll learn
You’ll learn about your responsibilities for keeping young people and adults safe, what to do in an emergency and how to report incidents.
Doing things safely is fundamental to everything we do in Scouting. The Safety training ensures that you understand your responsibilities for keeping everyone in Scouts safe and how to assess and manage risk.
Getting Started is a collection of e-learning modules that help new volunteers settle in their role.
You can complete them in any order, at a time that suits you, within the first five months of volunteering.
You don’t need a Compass login to access our e-learning courses.
Safety training is one of the Getting Started modules.
Validation is the process of confirming you’ve completed your training, understood the content and are able to apply what you’ve learned.
To validate this module, all you need to do is to complete the assessment, download the certificate (or take a screenshot), and send it to your volunteer line manager or Training Advisor, if you have one.
If you’re not sure who you should email the certificate to, send it to the Training Compliance Volunteer Team at email@example.com
You don’t need to wait for this module to be validated to start other Getting Started training modules.
You can access our e-learning courses on desktops, mobiles and tablets. It also works well on all browsers, such as Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and Edge.
On mobile and tablet, some of the boxes don’t show all of the words. Turning to landscape from portrait helps with this.
Please don't hit refresh on your browser (particularly if you get a question wrong on the assessment) as this will prevent you from being able to generate the certificate at the end.
You will be able to re-take the assessment at the end.
Don’t forget to download or take a screenshot of your certificate. It will be lost if you refresh or close the webpage.
To report any technical errors please contact the Info Centre.
The accessibility tools guide provides some hints and tips on how to build accessibility features into your device.
If e-learning doesn't suit your needs, talk to your line manager or Training Advisor. They can provide one-to-one support or advise you to use the Safety training workbook.
When using alternatives to e-learning you won’t be automatically given a certificate, so you will need to agree with your line manager or Training Advisor how to validate the module.
Additional safety training is available for manager and supporter roles.
The Safety for Managers and Supporters training is one of the Leadership and Management Training scheme modules.
Your Training Advisor will be able to answer any questions you have. Don’t worry if you haven’t been assigned one yet, you can speak to your volunteer line manager.
If you're not sure who to speak to locally, you can contact the Info Centre.
Information, training and guidance provided on this page is produced solely to assist Scout Groups to understand their responsibilities for Safety. The Scout Association accepts no liability for use or reliance upon any of the information published on this website by anyone outside the Scouting Movement. A training completion certificate does not denote any level of qualification or compliance with any legal obligations in relation to Safety.
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