Studied: Sociology, University of Sheffield
Now: Newly qualified social worker, London
I was drawn to social work through my degree. I studied sociology, so having those conversations around social injustice and the insight I gained compelled me to work to help people.
Being a social worker on the Frontline programme, I definitely feel like I’m part of a positive movement to change social work – and I’m thankful to be part of it. There are lots of reasons why I chose Frontline. It’s a new programme, with a strong mission. It wants to get out there and do something differently within an area that I’m interested in. And from what I read before I joined, it’s having a positive effect.
I needed to relocate to join the programme, and the support that Frontline offers made it possible for me to do that. All of the support we get on the programme is fantastic. We get academic support from our Practice Tutor and a lot of supervision from our Consultant Social Worker, who helps us to put the theory into practice.
Social work is a mentally and emotionally demanding career. You have to be prepared for some stressful days, difficult conversations and tears. But it’s more than worth it.
When a family lets you into their life and they tell you, ‘I’ve never seen it like that’ or ‘I couldn’t have got through this without you’, you feel that you’re making a direct difference to a child’s future. There’s nothing greater than that.
If anyone’s trying to decide whether to join Frontline and become a social worker, I’d say just do it. But know exactly why you’re doing it. Do it because you’re passionate about it, and because you really want to make a difference to children and their families.
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The programme is incredibly diverse and that’s one of the great things about Frontline and being a social worker.
I really enjoy having the opportunity to really help people. It’s the feedback from families and young people that keeps me going.
Doing the Frontline programme has given me a passion I didn’t know I had and has opened up a world of opportunities.
This programme has taught me much about myself and has allowed me to develop my own style of being a social worker, bringing in my own personality.
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Prior to starting Frontline, I enjoyed a stimulating career as a teacher for 35 years. Frontline presented me with the opportunity to work with these young people at the other end of the school day, in their home and family.
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