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Drive to get more men into social work

Social work charity Frontline is today launching a recruitment campaign to attract more men into social work. Currently the child protection workforce is predominantly female, with only 14% of roles taken up by men, whilst more than half of the children in care and those subject to child protection plans are boys.

Frontline runs the largest social work training programme in the country. Today it is opening applications for 352 graduates and career changers to start the programme in 2018. In addition, over 280 individuals who began the programme in July are starting in child protection teams today.

Frontline has a track-record of attracting more men into the profession, and up to 24% of its participants in previous cohorts have been male, ten percentage points higher than the national figure. It is launching this campaign today to encourage more men to become social workers, as the scale of the challenge to make the profession more representative is so large. Though Frontline has had some success, there remains much to do the change the perception of social work. Interested candidates can apply at www.thefrontline.org.uk

Josh MacAlister, Frontline’s Chief Executive: ‘In England, half a million children are identified as not having a safe or stable home. Social workers can act as important role models for these children and young people in their most difficult moments. That’s why it is so important that the social work workforce reflects the diversity of the communities it serves. With boys making up over half of those in care, we want to encourage more male graduates and career changers to apply to Frontline and make a positive difference for some of the most vulnerable children and their families.’

Miles Shipton, Frontline Fellow, 2014 Cohort: ‘It’s been a massive privilege to act as a role model for young people, boys especially, who have been going through difficult times. Families deserve a social worker they feel comfortable talking to, and as gender undoubtedly influences the building of relationships, it’s important that as much as possible is done to create a more diverse workforce.’