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Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Introductory Sessions

The Freedom to Speak Up Guardian role is a rewarding one, but it can be challenging. In order to have a solid understanding of the background and expectations of the job, the National Guardian’s Office requires Freedom to Speak Up Guardians to complete our Introductory Session.

This training helps potential Freedom to Speak Up Guardians think about important aspects of how they work within their organisation including wider support they might need to be effective. It also identifies measures to assess the impact of the guardian role on the Freedom to Speak Up culture of their organisation.

Due to restrictions resulting from the current pandemic, we are unable to offer the one-day classroom-based training session for people wishing to take on the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian role. We are working to develop an e-learning product to provide this Foundation Training.

As the network of organisations  with Freedom to Speak Up Guardians expands, this will ensure that training is more accessible to a wide range of people.

As an interim measure, we are holding four-hour virtual introductory sessions for those newly appointed to undertake a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian role. These cover the basic principles and expectations of guardians, with an opportunity to ask questions. Once completed, you will be able to enter your details on the National Guardian’s Office portal and be included on the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Directory. You will also be able to share speaking up data with the us.

If you wish to register to attend a session, please contact us at These sessions do not replace Foundation Training, which should be completed at the earliest opportunity. Further details will be available on this page.

We are also offering stepped up support for anyone waiting to complete Foundation Training, including access to a range of resources, support calls, and links to local sources of support. We are offering a one-to-one introductory call with a member of the team to offer support and guidance and regular check in team calls. If this is something you would like to arrange please contact

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