Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the National Guardian’s Office is working remotely. As we are unable to access the office, we are not able to receive any post at this time.

The best way to get in touch with us is to email enquiries@nationalguardianoffice.org.uk, or phone us on 0191 249 4400.

As we are working remotely, you may hear background noise when you call us, such as children or pets. We’d like to thank you for your understanding during this time.

To ensure your query gets to the right person, we might share the information you give us with colleagues in the office. Please let us know if you don’t want us to do this.

You can also follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for further up dates.

Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Directory

This is the national directory for Freedom to Speak Up Guardians. It includes contact details for Freedom to Speak Up Guardians that have been trained by the National Guardian’s Office and have registered their details with us.

Directory registration and data submissions

Guardians wanting to register on the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Directory and to submit data should do so via the portal available by clicking the button below.

Please also read the User Guide for further assistance.

Here are the dates for the upcoming data collection periods:

  • Q3 (2020/21): Opens Monday 11 January at 09:00 and closes Monday 1 February at 17:00 – EXTENDED TO 28TH FEBRUARY 23:59
  • Q4/Reconciliation (2020/21): Opens Monday 12 April at 09:00 and closes Monday 10 May at 17:00
  • Q1 (April – June 2021/22): Opens Monday 12 July at 09:00 and closes Monday 2 August at 17:00
  • Q2 (2021/22): Opens Monday 11 October at 09:00 and closes Monday 1 November at 17:00

Please note, there will be the opportunity to reconcile your data for quarters 1-3 during Q4 collection. There will not be a separate reconciliation period.


Freedom to Speak Up Introductory Sessions

Due to restrictions resulting from the current pandemic, the National Guardian’s Office is delivering virtual Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Introductory Sessions.  These sessions last 4 hours and cover the fundamental principles of FTSU and the Guardian role itself.

They are open to NHS trusts and foundation trusts, national non-provider organisations, arms-length bodies, independent sector and primary care organisations.
To register for this training, please contact us at enquiries@nationalguardianoffice.org.uk

This session is designed for those newly appointed to a guardian role and are not suitable for those in FTSU support roles, for example, champions and ambassadors, who should liaise with the Freedom To Speak Up Guardian in their organisation about obtaining appropriate support.  Existing guardians do not need to attend these sessions but should await the launch of our e-learning Foundation Training.

We are developing our training process and material to make training in the future more accessible and broad enough to meet the needs of the expanding network of organisations that are adopting Freedom to Speak Up Guardian arrangements.  We will share more information with you when we can.

While we are working on this, we are also offering stepped up support for people wishing to take on the guardian role including access to a range of resources, support calls, and links to local sources of support. We are offering a 1-2-1 introductory call with a member of the team to offer support and guidance. If this is something you would like to arrange  please contact enquiries@nationalguardianoffice.org.uk.