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Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Foundation Training

The National Guardian’s Office requires Freedom to Speak Up Guardians to undertake its programme of training on appointment and throughout their tenure.

This will ensure people have a solid understanding of the background and expectations of this unique and far-reaching role at the start and as they progress in their leadership journey.

Once you have been appointed to the role of Freedom to Speak Up Guardian please contact [email protected] to arrange access to training.

Freedom to Speak Up Guardians Foundation training is a package involving two parts:

Part 1: independent e-learning consisting of a five-topic module, an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging core module, and end of topic tests

Part 2: a reflective conversation.

As a pre-requisite you should also ensure you have completed the Speak Up, Listen Up and Follow Up training which can be accessed here:

Successful completion of the e-learning modules allows you to register on the National Guardian’s Office Directory and enables access to Guardian networks, important communications and a Guardian only area on the website containing helpful information, guidance and resources to support effective performance and development.


Foundation Training Part 2: Reflective Conversation

Three months after completing the Foundation Elearning, you are required to have a reflective conversation with a Guardian Mentor.

You can find a list of mentors on the password protected guardian-only area of the website.

From April 2023, if you have not had a reflective conversation with a mentor within this time, you may be removed from the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian directory.

If you are unable to access a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian mentor then please contact [email protected] and we will assist you.

Refresher Training

The Freedom to Speak Up Guardian role is complex and the landscape in which they work is constantly evolving. Refresher training is required annually to support guardians’ learning and development needs on changes and updates to the Freedom to Speak Up landscape.

Details of how to access the elearning are on the guardian-only password protected area of the website.

All Freedom to Speak Up Guardians are required to complete this training by 30 November 2024. When you have completed the refresher training, please update your Guardian Profile

Should you not be able to meet this deadline,  it is important that you let us know as soon as possible at [email protected] so that we can offer  support Non-completion of training may lead us to informing your organisation, CQC, NHSE and removal from the National Guardian’s Office directory.

Update your training log on your guardian profile