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This guidance provides information on first aid compliance, and support when line managing volunteers who are required to complete first aid training at Scouts.

The first aid training - also known as First Response course - covers the skills and knowledge necessary to enable volunteers to manage an incident and provide basic first aid. Our First Response programme has been developed in collaboration with Girlguiding, with a common syllabus, resources and acceptance between the two organisations.

The First Response Certificate is designed specifically for adults in The Scouts and Girlguiding, based on the situations and issues that occur within those roles. It is not, therefore, externally recognised.

To find out more information about how our First Response course was developed, access the Trainers Resources and Information page

If, after reading this guidance, you require additional support, please contact the Scouts Support Centre via live chat, or email your query to

First Aid Trainers resources

Guidance for First Aid Trainers and Training Managers when delivering first aid training.

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First aid training updates

An easy and simple way to follow up with all first aid training updates.

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Full First Aid certificate

To fulfil the Full First Aid certificate requirements in POR, volunteers must hold a first aid qualification provided by a regulated body certifying their attendance of a 16 hours first aid course.

Examples of regulated providers include: St John Ambulance, St Andrew's First Aid, the British Red Cross, British Canoeing, Mountain Training, etc.