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Scouting First Response


The aim of 1st Response is to ensure that Girlguiding / Scouting members are kept as safe as possible while they are in our care. The course is mapped to and based on the Scouting 1st Response full course and is taught over six contact hours, not including breaks. Participants will have the skills and knowledge to enable them to keep Girl Guiding and Scouting members as safe as possible while they are in their care.

  • Scout leaders
  • Guide leaders
  • Parents

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the training, participants will have had the opportunity to be

  • Provided with simple first aid information which is relevant to their role
  • Helped to build confidence and skills in coping with emergency and first aid situations
  • Equipped with the knowledge needed to manage these emergencies.

The course contents are as follows:

1.  Principles of first aid related to Girlguiding / Scouting 

  • Key policies and guidelines relating to 1st Response
  • Emergency file for Girlguiding members and purple card for Scouting members
  • Duty of care for other people’s children including giving medication 
  • Managing and reporting an incident
  • First aid equipment
  • Role of a first aider arrival at an incident

2.  Emergency life support 

  • Primary survey using DR ABC
  • Choking 
  • Recovery position
  • Basic life support (for both children and adults)
  • External bleeding

3.  Life-threatening situations - identifying injuries and monitoring the condition 

  • Identify injury
  • Levels of consciousness
  • Signs, symptoms and initial treatment for all causes of unresponsiveness including:
  • Fainting
  • Imbalance of heat include heat exhaustion, heat stroke and hypothermia 
  • Shock
  • Heart attack/angina pectoris
  • Stroke – include how to use FAST 
  • Head Injury 
  • Asphyxia/hypoxia/drowning
  • Asthma
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Poisoning
  • Seizures including epilepsy
  • Diabetic emergencies

4.  Signs, symptoms and initial treatment for each of the following BONE AND MUSCLE injuries:

  • Broken bones i.e. fractures
  • Strains and sprains

5.  Signs, symptoms and initial treatment for each of the following SKIN injuries:

  • Burns – dry heat, radiation including sunburn, hot liquids, steam (scalds) and chemicals 
  • Minor cuts and grazes, bumps and bruises 
  • Splinters• Stings /Ticks / Animal and snake bites• Blisters

6.  Signs, symptoms and initial treatment for each of the following injuries to the HEAD

  • Foreign bodies in the ears and nose
  • Nosebleeds
  • Eye injuries

7.  Signs, symptoms and initial treatment for each of the following ailments :

  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Stomach ache
  • Dehydration
  • Tooth loss 
  • Meningitis
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