Safeguarding Policy & Code of Conduct

What is Our Safeguarding Structure?

Everyone within Girlguiding must fully understand and implement the safeguarding policies and procedures relevant to their role and, where these are also provided, guidelines must be followed. To enable this to happen we have a comprehensive Safe Space training programme and a Safeguarding structure that ensures we are pro-actively Safeguarding right across the organisation.  More information on this structure can be found at the Girlguiding website here as well as contact details if you have a Safeguarding Concern.

  • Unit leaders – Unit leaders provide a safe space for the girls and volunteers in their unit. Their role is also to be alert, question behaviours, seek advice and support and report any allegations, concerns, or disclosures.
  • Volunteers -Safeguarding is the responsibility of all volunteers. Volunteers must complete A Safe Space training required by their role to enable them to do this. All volunteers must refer to our A Safe Space pocket guide.

It’s important that all of our volunteers understand our Code of Conduct, and the processes we use to ensure the security of our membership.

Girlguiding Volunteer Code of Conduct

The Girlguiding Volunteer Code of Conduct is their expectation of how individuals work with others in Girlguiding (including volunteers, staff and girls) and members of the public (including parents and partner organisations).   By following it volunteers will be able to check that they are always doing the right thing and behaving in the right way.  Volunteers will be reminded of what Girlguiding stands for, of our mission, the Promise and of our values, to be caring, challenging, empowering, fun, inclusive and inspiring.   This Code supports all volunteers by making their responsibilities very clear.  As a Girlguiding volunteer they must always:

  • be a good role model with behaviour and an attitude that are in line with our values and the Promise.
  • comply with all applicable UK laws and guidance. If your unit is based outside the UK or you are part of an activity outside the UK, you must also abide by the law of that country.
  • make sure you follow Girlguiding policies and procedures and re-read them regularly so you are informed of updates. If you have gaps in your understanding, talk to your local commissioner or adviser.
  • deliver the Girlguiding programme to young members if you are a unit volunteer. When volunteering with adults in guiding, support them to meet the Girlguiding programme requirements, to play your part in giving a consistently great Girlguiding experience.
  • be responsible and accountable in the way you perform your role.
  • be fair and treat everyone with respect and dignity in accordance with our Equality and Diversity policy.
  • respect privacy in line with our policies and guidance.
  • communicate in an open and respectful way, whether in person, by phone, writing or digital media.
  • work together with Girlguiding members, their parents/carers and members of the public to promote Girlguiding’s mission and values.

As a Girlguiding volunteer you must not act fraudulently or dishonestly, or do anything which brings, or is likely to bring, Girlguiding into disrepute or have a negative impact on Girlguiding or its reputation.