Child Safety

Girlguiding enjoys an excellent reputation for providing a safe environment for its members to enjoy activities, whether indoors or outside.

All our adult Leaders follow clear safety guidelines and undertake a Leadership Qualification. Many do additional training in play-work and youth-work.

Are criminal-record checks carried out on adults helping at units?

All new Leaders and those who have unsupervised access to girls and young women are asked to agree to a check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

All our volunteers who work with the girls of on a one to one basis are required to have a DBS check prior to becoming a member of our organisation.

In addition to criminal-record checks, all volunteers are asked to provide two referees who can confirm the volunteer’s suitability to work with specific age groups and disclose any criminal convictions involving children and/or young people or involving dishonesty/deception.

Are Leaders being rechecked by the DBS on a regular basis?

We are in the process of re-checking all our members and once this check is done they will then be rechecked every five years.

As a parent, can I ask to see references/disclosures relating to adults working in my daughter’s unit?

All information held regarding adults in guiding is held in confidence. We are governed by criteria laid down in the Data Protection Act and the DBS Code of Practice regarding retention and disposal of personal data.

When a new volunteer joins Girlguiding he/she does not have unsupervised access to girls and young women until all the necessary checks have taken place. Once the checks are complete, a volunteer is issued with a membership card which any volunteer would be more than happy to show you.

Further Information 

If you have any questions regarding Girlguiding's policies on Child Safety and DBS checks, please contact Girlguiding.

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