Charity calls for more men in social work on International Men’s Day

19th November 2019
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To mark International Men’s Day, social work charity Frontline is today launching a recruitment drive to attract more men into the profession. 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, which runs the largest social work training programme in the country, has created a video showing a discussion between two social workers and a care-experienced young man about the importance of getting more men in frontline social work. In the video, Jonas notes: “Being a care leaver, what I found hard growing up was there weren’t many male role models within social work.”

Frontline is launching this video 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. Applications for the 2020 Cohort of the Frontline programme are still open: https://thefrontline.org.uk/our-programmes/frontline-programme/

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTsXa6-5EUk

Josh MacAlister, Frontline’s Chief Executive: “In England, 700,000 children rely on the support of a social worker. 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.”