Being a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian is a challenging, rewarding and sometimes isolating role.

It’s crucial that you know what wellbeing support is available at your place of work.

You should ask your line manager what support is available such as employee assistance programmes, occupational health and any wellbeing support. As a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian establishing your contacts in senior leadership is also important, you should have regular contact with your CEO or equivalent to feedback on speaking up issues, and who you can go to if you need to escalate or discuss challenging issues.

You should have the support of colleagues and an executive lead or sponsor for speaking up who you can contact if necessary.

Remember that your organisation appointed you and should make sure that you have adequate time, resources, and support to fulfil the role.

Your network

One vital source of support is your regional or national Freedom to Speak Up Guardian network.

You can find details of your network chairs and how to contact them below


Network Chairs

Guardian Buddy

A Guardian Buddy is someone that you can check in with and learn from. It is good to make connections in your network and find peers that you can ‘buddy up’ with.

Search the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian directory by using the interactive map or by viewing the spreadsheet below to find fellow guardians you can connect with.

Excel directory

Your mentor

For Guardians who were newly appointed after June 2022, during Part Two of your Foundation Training for Freedom to Speak Up Guardians, you will work with a mentor closely. They will guide you through structured conversations to reflect upon your work.

Find out more about Mentors on the Your Development page


If you need extra support and you do not feel it is appropriate to talk with your buddy, network or with someone internally at your organisation, you can contact the NGO.

You can view an organogram of the NGO here

We can respond to general enquiries and offer ‘Support Calls’ if you have a  complex and challenging case you wish to discuss or you require support for yourself. The Guardian Support and Policy team will set up a call with you to talk through the situation you are dealing with and support you to consider your next steps.

Freedom to Speak Up Guardians also have access to PAM Assist which is a 24/7 wellbeing support phone line. Details of this can be found here:

Contact the NGO

Other sources of support

If you have suggestions you would like to share of other sources of support for Freedom to Speak Up Guardians, please get in touch