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Recognising prior safeguarding learning and experience
It is possible to recognise prior learning and experience for exemption from A Safe Space,
Level 3 face-to-face training.
Am I eligible? Please check the list below
If you have answered yes to all the above questions, please complete the form on pages 3 and 4.
If you have answered no to any questions you are not eligible so please apply for a level 3 training.
I have completed A Safe Space Levels 1 and 2 either face to face or online and my GO
record shows this.
I have read the A Safe Space booklet.
My profession includes decision making responsibility around handling a safeguarding
allegation or disclosure, as a designated lead or equivalent role.
I work in one of the professions listed in table 1.
OR
I hold one of the external qualications listed in table 2 (or have checked my qualication
against the knowledge areas).
I have up-to-date (within at least the last three years) continuous professional development
(CPD) on safeguarding.
I have certicates to evidence the above and can enclose them with my application along
with a copy of the learning outcomes/objectives.
Table 1. Professions that may exempt you from A Safe Space, Level 3
You must hold a qualication attached to your professional role, which includes child or adult
protection within the syllabus, and receive yearly updates. All of the roles listed below must
include decision-making responsibility around handling a safeguarding allegation or disclosure,
as a designated lead or similar role. This is to ensure the volunteer is condent in taking action if
their commissioner or the Safeguarding team are not immediately available.
- Healthcare professionals
- Statutory agencies – police, social services, social care, justice, probation,
youth offending workers
- Teachers, teaching assistants, early years workers
- Qualied youth/community workers
Table 2. External qualications or CPD that exempt you from A Safe Space, Level 3
• NSPCC Level 3
Kidscape Advanced Safeguarding course
Advanced safeguarding or designated safeguarding officer training (delivered through statutory services)
Any external nationally or locally recognised safeguarding qualification to level 3, for example,
other charities’ training courses, such as The Scout Association, St John Ambulance, Rape Crisis, etc.
Any Level 3 or equivalent outdoor specialist or sports coach courses – they must be recognised by
their sector and include learning around decision making.
If you have a qualication which is similar to the above use the checklist on page 2 to check it
covers the relevant knowledge areas before completing the form.
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Please note:
If you are taking a break or no longer uphold your CPD (continuous professional development)
commitment, because of maternity leave, sabbatical, change of career, or retirement and it
has been for less than three years, you’re still able to complete this recognising prior learning
process.
If you’re in a profession related to children, young people or working with vulnerable adults,
but have not updated your training in child or adult protection within the last three years, no
exemption is possible. Neither is exemption possible if you do not have to decision make in
your role and would usually refer to someone else.
At this time we cannot exempt you if you hold a church qualification – we are looking into
this for the future.
My profession/qualication is not listed
but is similar
The rst step is to cross-reference the safeguarding
training you have had with the knowledge areas (in the
box opposite).
If the answer is ‘Yes’ to all sections, then complete the
‘Recognising prior safeguarding learning and experience
assessment form’ and submit it to a country and region
trainer coordinator or A Safe Space trainer to review.
What’s next?
1) If you’ve met the requirements, complete the
‘Recognising prior safeguarding learning and
experience assessment form’.
2) Submit the form and copies of any relevant certicates
to either a country/region trainer coordinator or A
Safe Space trainer to review. If you’re not sure who to
contact, please speak to your country/region ofce who will be able to advise.
3) Your form will be reviewed, and an answer given to you within 28 days.
4) If you qualify for exemption, your GO record will be updated accordingly. If you qualify for
Level 3, we’ll send you an email to conrm this, which will include a Level 3 certicate to
download and print.
Additional Questions
What if I don’t have a certicate to prove the qualication I have completed for
safeguarding or child protection, but I’d like to have prior learning recognised?
Gather evidence from your workplace to show your prior learning, this can then be submitted
instead of a certicate. For example, a letter from your manager conrming when you
undertook training and what it involved, and a bit about your role.
What to do if you are dissatised with the decision?
If you’re not satised with the decision, follow our complaints procedure by going to
girlguiding.org.uk/making-guiding-happen/policies/girlguiding-policies/complaints-policy/
complaints-procedure.
How long will it be until I am asked to renew recognition of my prior learning for Level 3?
You’ll need to renew your A Safe Space training, like all other volunteers, every three years.
If you want to, you can renew recognition of your prior learning every three years, instead of
renewing/undertaking A Safe Space training.
Knowledge areas
Did your training cover the following?
• What is safeguarding?
• What is child protection?
How to risk-assess activities,
people and groups
Assessing risk to children, young
people and vulnerable adults
• Types of abuse and harm
Recognising vulnerabilities and
signs of abuse and neglect
• Sharing a concern
• Making a referral
Safeguarding children with
additional needs
• Working together
• Responding to a disclosure
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Assessment form for safeguarding experience
Applicants must complete all parts of sections A-C, where applicable.
If you’re assessing the applicant, please complete section D. This should be completed by a Safe
Space trainer or a country region trainer coordinator, who has up-to-date A Safe Space Levels
1, 2 and 3 (including completing Modules 1, 2 and 3 of the e-learning), and is condent and
comfortable in doing so. If you approve the application for recognising their prior learning, you
must ensure the volunteer’s record is updated on GO and, as appropriate, a signed A Safe Space
Level 3 certicate issued (see A Safe Space trainer resources).
A. Personal information of applicant
Full name
Membership number
County
Main contact information
(mobile number and/or
email) and the best time
to contact you
B. Complete if you have a profession/
professional, qualication or external training
listed in tables 1 or 2 on page 1
Note that you require each element listed below
in order for you to be exempt. If you do not meet
these criteria, go to section C of this form.
Y/N List your answers in this column.
Please state how you meet the criteria
and what evidence you have attached.
I have completed A Safe Space Levels 1 and 2 and
my GO record is up to date.
My profession includes decision making
responsibility around handing a safeguarding
allegation or disclosure.
I hold one of the professions listed in table 1.
OR
I hold one of the external qualications listed in
table 2 (or have checked my qualication against
the knowledge areas).
I have up-to-date (within at least the last three
years) continuous professional development (CPD)
on safeguarding.
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C. Only complete if you do not have
a profession or a qualication listed
in tables 1 and 2 on page 2.
Review list below and for each
element write what evidence you
have meeting this requirement.
Write what evidence you have to meet
this element, ie training attended
and date.
For assessors
use: Have
they met this
requirement?
Y/N
1. What is safeguarding?
2. What is child protection?
3. How to risk assess activities,
people and groups
4. Assessing risk to children, young
people and vulnerable adults
5. Types of abuse and harm
6. Recognising vulnerabilities and
signs of abuse and neglect
7. Child sexual exploitation
(if appropriate to job role or area)
8. Female genital mutilation
(if appropriate to job role or area)
9. Sharing a concern
10. Making a referral
11. Safeguarding children with
additional needs
12. Working together
13. Responding to a disclosure
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D. Assessment use: (To be completed by those doing the assessment)
Date stored at country and
region ofce:
Assessed by (volunteer name and
membership number):
Volunteer role (A Safe Space
trainer or trainer coordinator):
The volunteer understands the
Girlguiding process for responding
to allegations, disclosures and
concerns and how this supports
the legislative framework and
procedures related to safeguarding
children and adults. It has been
recommended that they complete
the optional e-learning for Level 3:
Date processed:
Assessment decision (and reasons
for an application being rejected):
Date volunteer notied of decision:
Once completed send to country or region ofce where this will be retained for one year for
unsuccessful applications and three years for successful applications.
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