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Objectives, content and duration

Objectives, content and duration

The first aid training delivered at Scouts - also known as First Response - is a 6 hours course that provides the skills and knowledge to enable our volunteers to keep Scouts members as safe as possible while they are in our care.

By the end of the course, participants will be:

  • Provided with simple first aid information which is relevant to their role
  • Helped to build confidence and skills in coping with emergency and first aid situations
  • Equipped with the knowledge needed to manage these emergencies

The First Response course focuses on three main areas:

  1. Life support: The principles of first aid and initial response (arriving and managing an incident), emergency life support, CPR (including technique for children and an explanation of what AED is and how to use it), management of an unconscious casualty (child and adult), and choking. 
  2. Trauma and injury: Shock, bleeding, fractures (ambulance imminent and non-imminent) and sprains, head injuries, dental incidents, and burns.
  3. Major illnesses: Asthma, anaphylaxis, heart attack, stroke, seizures, diabetes, sepsis and meningitis.

Equivalent courses

Any course that is set by a regulated body, and covers the Scouts First Response criteria, recognition and length requirements can be considered as a suitable alternative to a First Response Certificate.

Read guidance on equivalent courses