CSW DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Frontline places a huge emphasis on the training and development of CSWs, and all successful candidates undertake CSW Practice Leadership training. The programme encompasses the following:
- Teaching on core practice models and approaches taught in the Frontline curriculum: systemic practice, motivational interviewing and parenting. For those remaining in the role for a second year there will be the opportunity to work towards the foundation level Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Practice.
- Training in the unit model approach: how to run effective unit meetings and reflective supervision. In addition to training days, there will be additional case consultations to help you apply these ideas to your work.
- Teaching and support in the skills required to be an effective practice educator. This will include supporting you in how to get the best out of direct observations of practice, how to give feedback and how to grade these observations. The training programme offers a portfolio route for achieving the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) at stage two after one year in the role.
- In addition to 20 days of training, you will have access to one-to-one coaching and mentoring from your practice tutor. You will also have an opportunity to participate in smaller group coaching through the year with other CSWs from across your region.
For our 2017 cohort we will have around 75 CSWs across five regions, and there is a huge range of knowledge and skill within this network. In recognition of the huge amount of innovative work our CSWs do, each year we hold a national conference which brings all our CSWs together. This includes a variety of different seminars led by CSWs, and is a great opportunity to share expertise.
If CSWs remain in post beyond two years, there are further opportunities for development. These include joining the Frontline Fellowship, contributing to teaching on the academic programme, and developing and utilising coaching skills with your peers.
We hope that CSWs will stay engaged with our mission and vision throughout their social work career. We are committed to continuing to support individuals that work with Frontline. Therefore, once you have completed two years or more as a consultant social worker you will automatically become part of the Frontline Fellowship.
Two years or more in role as a consultant social worker includes the following: two years in role as an active CSW or one year as a reserve CSW and one year as an active CSW.
What is the Frontline Fellowship?
The Frontline Fellowship is a movement of outstanding individuals who are applying themselves to address social disadvantage in different ways, who have all received training from Frontline. The movement is driven by the Frontline fellows with support from Frontline to facilitate the activity.
We recognise the important role that Frontline fellows play in the future of vulnerable children and families. Therefore, we are committed to facilitating opportunities within three specific areas: practice, policy and innovation, to support the fellowship in their vital work. We encourage and look to fellows to actively drive and influence the direction of the Fellowship.