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Introduction to Ongoing Safety Training

Introduction to Ongoing Safety Training

Who is this training for?

This training module is for all those required to complete ongoing safety training (all those subject to an appointment review).

It does not apply to Occasional Helpers, who are not required to undertake any training. Ongoing safety training needs to be completed at least every five years, to be monitored at the point of review.

What does this material contain?

This module contains 55 to 90 minutes of learning, which can be delivered in a number of ways. There are a variety of learning methods suggested, as well as an optional activity that allows the trainer to design the learning according to the needs of the participants.

How is this module validated?

There is no formal validation for this module. It is suggested that a certificate of attendance is presented to participants on completion of the training.


To revisit the rules, guidance and responsibilities related to safety in Scouting.


By the end of the training participants will have:

  • Revisited The Scout Association’s Safety Policy and their specific responsibilities within it.
  • Revisited the five steps to risk assessment and demonstrated their continued understanding of hazard, risk and dynamic risk assessment.
  • Demonstrated their continued understanding of the role of a leader in charge.
  • Refreshed their knowledge of the range of support and resources available to help them carry out their responsibilities in relation to safety, including POR and activity rules.
  • Revisited the reporting of near misses and of minor and serious injuries, including what to do in an emergency.

Session Details

  • Introduction (five minutes)
  • Safety Policy and your role in safe Scouting (25 minutes)
  • True or false debate (25 minutes)
  • Assessing and eliminating risk – optional (35 minutes)

Total time: 55 minutes or 90 minutes including optional activity.

Planning Considerations

Trainer’s notes are given to provide guidance on methods, key messages and support resources to meet the objectives. However, prior research of the subject matter by the trainer is recommended before the training is delivered.

The training module is designed to cover all the objectives within the first two activities. However, there is an option of adding a third activity (assessing and eliminating risk), which could be delivered at the end of the session, depending on the character of the group, their learning needs and the time available.

The number of participants and the venue will determine the most appropriate training methods. If splitting into smaller groups, it is recommended that participants work with people in similar roles (especially for activities 1 and 3), which may enable them to draw on their shared experience.



This training can be delivered as a course for adults holding various roles in Scouting.

Small group session

This training can be delivered as a small group discussion in a variety of settings, including as an item on a meeting agenda. Some training methods may need to be adapted to suit the size of the group.


Best practice suggests that those completing e-learning for one appointment review may benefit from using an alternative method for the following one – but this is not (and should not be made) a requirement.