The National Guardian’s Office conducts surveys, commissions research and undertakes Speaking Up Reviews to find out more about speaking up in health, and provides guidance and practical tools to support organisations in fostering a speaking up culture.

Freedom to Speak Up Guardians share their speaking up data with us which will help you reflect on your own organisation’s speaking up culture. You can also read the stories behind the numbers here.

Why is Freedom to Speak Up important?

Three senior leaders describe why Freedom to Speak Up is so important:  Ted Baker, Dr Navina Evans and Dame Dido Harding

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Information Sessions

Learn more about Freedom to Speak Up

The National Guardian’s Office is delivering virtual information sessions for anyone interested in learning more about Freedom to Speak Up and the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian role.

This session will help you to:

  • Understand more about Freedom to Speak Up and the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian role
  • Start to consider how Freedom to Speak Up can be implemented in your organisation and any barriers to address
  • Consider your next steps
  • Know where to go for support.

If you are a Freedom to Speak Up Champion or Ambassador wanting to understand more about your role, please do not register for this session. Please contact your Freedom to Speak Up Guardian about alternative arrangements. We have produced guidance and materials to support guardians and the development and support of Freedom to Speak Up Champion networks which can be found here. You may also be interested in completing our Speak Up, Listen Up training modules which can be accessed here.

Please also note that if you have been appointed to fulfil a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian role, you will need to undertake Freedom To Speak Up Guardian Foundation Training. If this is something you would like to arrange please contact [email protected].

The work of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians

Freedom to Speak Up Guardians support workers to speak up when they feel that they are unable to do so by other routes. They also work proactively to support their organisation to tackle barriers to speaking up. Their role is independent and impartial.

Over 50,000 thousand workers have spoken up to them since 2015.

Any organisation can appoint a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian. They are appointed by the organisation that they support and abide by the guidance issued by the National Guardian’s Office.

All organisations that provide services under the NHS Standard Contract are required to appoint a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian.  NHS primary care provider organisations are expected to. The National Guardian’s Office also expects health and care leadership organisations and regulators to appoint Freedom to Speak Up Guardians.