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When you completed your application to become a leader/ assistant leader / section assistant, your Line manager (usually the Group Scout Leader - GSL) should have given you a pack of leaflets. These cover a range of topics including The Scout Association’s policies and important procedures in particular those relating to Safeguarding (child protection) and Safety.

This pack will help you to complete a set of three modules which are part of the Induction process for all new members and associate members.

(If you did not receive a pack, please ask your GSL / Line manager for one, or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Training for your role

Training to support you in your role is obligatory, and in signing your application to become a leader you agreed to undertake this training.

The Forth Region issues a schedule of learning opportunities for all modules but some learning is available on-line – you do not necessarily have to attend a training course. When you meet with your Training Adviser (TA) relevant prior learning and experience will also be taken into account when agreeing your Personal Learning Plan.

Dates for a range of Modules are in the EVENTS calendar on the District website.


Validation - this ensures that you have understood the content of the module and can put your learning into practice. You will need to validate each module with your TA. You and your TA will meet from time to time to discuss what you have learned. Sometimes you may have to provide documentary evidence of your learning and understanding.

You can see the Training Module and validation requirements for leaders and managers in the Leader’s Training Guide and Manager’s Training Guide on the Scottish Scout website. The Personal Learning Plan template can be completed and e-mailed between you and your TA as and when validations are updated.


Getting Started modules

The core information for the first modules that you should do within 5 months of your appointment can be found on


Essential information - e-learning

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When you have completed the online learning and have read the recommended documentation for these modules, contact your TA who will meet with you and discuss how you can validate the learning you have completed.


Mandatory training

Everyone who is due for a 5 year review must be able to demonstrate that they have completed:

  • Safety Training: face-to-face training or online learning – renew every 5 years
  • Safeguarding Awareness: face-to-face training or online learning – renew every 5 years
  • First Response:   6 hour session (Module 10) – renew every 3 years

Learning methods for Safeguarding awareness (child protection and anti-bullying) and Safety must be alternated: i.e. if you recently did the online version, the next time you must attend a training session and vice versa.


Safety training can be accessed by one of two links: 


Safeguarding awareness training can be accessed with this link: 


First Response is a taught course developed by the Scout Association and GirlGuiding UK. The certificate is valid for 3 years after which a refresher can be taken. The full course must be repeated every 6 years. Alternative First Aid courses which meet the Scout Association’s minimum requirements may be acceptable.

For further information see First Response definition and equivalents: