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Expansion of Frontline into the North East

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This Wednesday 28 October, Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson MP and Labour Peer, Baroness Morgan, will announce the expansion of Frontline into the North East at the Sage, Gateshead. The government is supporting a 50% increase in the programme for 2016. This includes 40 new social workers being trained in the North East, with a total of 180 places now available to top graduates and career changers.
 
Those who secure a place on Frontline’s leadership development programme will have the opportunity to join 8 partner local authorities across the North East, from Redcar and Hartlepool, to Newcastle and Sunderland. With the first cohort of participants now qualified and practicing as children’s social workers across Greater London and Greater Manchester, Frontline’s growth into this new region represents an excellent opportunity for Britain’s top talent to continue to make a life changing difference to those children most in need.
 
Last year Frontline broke into the prestigious Times Top 100 list of graduate jobs for the first time ever. Having recently jumped to number 40 for 2015, Frontline is continuing to change perceptions of social work and attracting more top graduates into a career where they can transform the lives of vulnerable children and their families. Applications are now open to join the 2016 Cohort and will close on 12 November, with 15 applicants for every place in 2015, demand for the programme is high.
 
Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson, said:
“Every day, up and down the country, our most vulnerable children and young people are supported by dedicated, expert social workers – support that will change their lives for the better, and forever.
       
“I want to ensure social work is held in high regard, known for its high standards and its focus on expert practice. That’s why it is great to see that Frontline, who are among the organisations making social work an attractive career choice for graduates, are able to expand into the North East, helping make a difference to even more families and improving life chances.”
 
Baroness Morgan, Frontline Board, said:
‘Social workers play a pivotal role in the lives of the families they support, it is therefore imperative that we continue to bring more talented graduates into the profession. The expansion of Frontline into the North East will enable even greater opportunities for graduates and career changers to support families that need life changing professionals. I encourage them to apply today.’
 
Josh MacAlister, Frontline’s Chief Executive, said:
‘Children and families often on the fringes of society rely on social workers to stand alongside them during their most difficult moments. We need more outstanding individuals joining the profession to support vulnerable children and families up and down the country, it is an exciting prospect that we will now be able to support an even greater number of families with the announcement of our expansion in to 8 local authorities across the North East.
 
Barbara Shaw, Chair of the region’s children’s services directors group, said:
“Frontline is an important addition to routes into social work as a career within the North East region.
 
“Social workers within the region do an exceptional job working with some of our most vulnerable children, young people and families and it is vital that we encourage those who have the skills to work with children and families to do so.
 
“Good social work changes lives and whilst the career can be challenging, it can also be hugely rewarding for those who want to make a difference to the most vulnerable families and young people.”

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