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Speaking up

What is speaking up?

It is about speaking up about anything that gets in the way of doing a great job.

Freedom to Speak Up Guardians support workers to speak up when they feel that they are unable to in other ways.

There are nearly 700 Freedom to Speak Up Guardians in the NHS and independent sector organisations, national bodies and elsewhere.

20, 388 cases raised (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021)

We can all take action to help speaking up business as usual.

If you have completed our E-learning course - Speak Up, Listen Up, Follow Up - you can make a speaking up pledge.

Make a #SpeakUpPledge
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About Us

Freedom To Speak Up

The National Guardian’s Office leads, trains and supports a network of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians in England and provides support and challenge to the healthcare system in England on speaking up.

Supporting student nurses to speak up

Kate Hanlon, Freedom to Speak Up Guardian at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, supported a group of student nurses who spoke up.

Read our latest 100 Voices story.

Read our latest case study here

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