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Running Safe Activities training

Module 17- part of Section Leader training

Who this is for

Section volunteers completing a Wood Badge. 

Learning options

Workbook, Course, Small group or One to one. 

How long it takes

2-3 hours.                                                    

How to complete it

Demonstration to a Training Adviser.

What you'll learn

You’ll learn how to plan and run exciting, safe and developmental activities for young people in your section. 

You’ll also learn about a balanced activity programme, risk assessments, the role of leader in charge and about permits. 

Additional Information

The Section Leader training modules are part of the Wood Badge training for Section Leaders and Assistant Section Leaders. This is optional for Section Assistants. 

You can complete the modules in any order, within the first three years of volunteering.  

Running safe activities (module 17) is one of the Section Leaders training modules. 

Validation is showing what you know and that you can use it in practice.

Talk to a Training Adviser to decide if you’ll need to do the learning for this module, and what you’ll do to validate it.  

To validate this module, you’ll need to complete two of the following:  

1. Plan, or assist in planning, an activity taking into account:

  • the age, experience, fitness and additional needs of the group  
  • the rules related to the activity
  • any clothing, footwear, personal and group equipment needed for the activity and anticipated weather conditions
  • the need for a risk assessment to be carried out and communicated effectively  
  • the need for an InTouch system to be in place  

2. Act as the leader in charge for an activity, taking into account the need to:  

  • oversee the activity (ensuring that registers, headcounts etc. are in place)
  • co-ordinate the adults involved in the activity, allocating roles to specific adults and ensuring that they are clear on what they need to do
  • communicate relevant instructions, guidance and rules to young people involved in the activity  
  • carry out a dynamic risk assessment  

3. Something else agreed with a Training Adviser 

Some examples of how you can demonstrate these actions to a Training Adviser are:

  • Ask a Training Adviser to watch you plan an activity or when you’re the leader in charge.  
  • Give a Training Adviser a written or verbal statement from someone who has seen you plan an activity or when you’ve been the leader in charge. 
  • Have a discussion with a Training Adviser about how you’ve planned an activity or been the leader in charge. (This should be accompanied by another form of evidence). 

See the Adult Personal File (pages 49 and 50) for more examples of how you can demonstrate what you’ve learnt.  

You can start other Section Leader training modules before validating this one. 

This module is for Section Leaders, Assistant Section Leaders and Section Assistants who are completing a Wood Badge, and it should be completed within the first three years of volunteering. 

If you are not sure if you need to do this module, check POR Chapter 16: Roles Table. 

You can also ask your volunteer line manager or a Training Adviser, or contact the Info Centre. 

Training courses are organised locally. Most Districts, Counties and Areas offer course dates on their own websites.

A Training Adviser 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, local Training Manager or County Training Manager.

If you're not sure who to speak to locally, you can contact the Info Centre.