This report details the continued implementation of the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian role and perceptions of Freedom to Speak Up culture in the NHS in England
Past Annual Surveys of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians
These past survey reports provide insights into how the Freedom to Speak Up network has evolved since 2017.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of workers being able to speak up freely is more evident than ever.
Between April to June 2020, we carried out monthly pulse surveys of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians on our directory to find out more about how speaking up is being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The results of the surveys showed the pandemic was having an impact on Freedom to Speak Up Guardians and their networks.
The results also show speaking up was continuing, with the percentage of respondents reporting speaking up had increased in their organisation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic growing each month.
Speaking up to Freedom to Speak Up Guardians was continuing with a higher proportion of respondents reporting that speaking up was increasing compared to the last survey Twenty-nine per cent (29%) of respondents said there had been no change to the amount of speaking up in their organisation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
The survey showed that speaking up is continuing during the pandemic, and that Freedom to Speak Up guardians are adapting as a result of illness, redeployment, or social distancing. It therefore remains imperative that leaders support their Freedom to Speak Up guardians during this period of challenge and uncertainty.