Transforming social work
When children have problems at home, it’s more difficult for them to succeed at school. In England, children who have been in care are twice as likely to not be in education, employment or training at age 19. That’s why we co-founded Frontline: a leadership programme that recruits the best and brightest graduates to become leaders in social work and broader society.
During this innovative two-year programme, graduates and career changers undertake an intensive five-week residential programme – the Summer Institute – before being allocated to a local authority where they are supervised by an experienced Consultant Social Worker. In their second year, they are a fully qualified social worker studying towards a Master’s while continuing the leadership development programme.
Frontline will help train the next generation of outstanding children’s social workers, and more vulnerable children will get the expert support they need to achieve at home and at school.
Frontline is already working with 18 local authorities and is expanding into a third region this year, the North East. The government has also backed the national roll out of the Frontline programme, meaning 1,000 new professionals will be available to support some of the most disadvantaged children and families by 2020.
Frontline climbed to 40 in The Times’ list of the Top 100 Graduate Employers for 2015-16 – up 36 places after entering at 76 in 2014. This clearly demonstrates that social work is an increasingly attractive choice for graduates.
“It’s absolutely critical that the best and the brightest are attracted into social work; and Frontline’s been set up to do just that.
“Every child deserves the opportunity to grow up free from abuse and neglect. Social workers are right on the front line of this fight… turning around the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in our country.” --- David Cameron, Prime Minister
“I know first-hand the importance of having a great social worker. There is an urgent need to transform life chances for abused and neglected children and Frontline will play a vital part in addressing this national challenge.” --- Lord Adonis, Labour Peer and Frontline Chair
“Social work is something I've wanted to do for a long time. It's about giving people a chance, whatever their background, and helping them make positive changes in their lives.” --- Hannah Warwick, trainee Frontline social worker