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Apply to the Innovation programme

Learn how to turn your innovative ideas into reality, on our six-month programme for Frontline felllows.

Do you have an innovative idea that could improve services for children and families?

Our Innovation programme is a six-month, fully funded programme for Frontline fellows, designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and resources to turn your idea into a reality.

Whether your idea involves small changes within your local authority or has the potential to lead system change on a wider scale, the programme will give you the tools you need to put it into practice.

Applications close 17 May

Why apply to the Innovation programme?

Programme structure

The innovation programme has two stages.

Define and explore

Learn the essential innovation skills you need to define and explore your idea.

With support from your innovation coach and peers, refine your idea and outline a business model.

Design and build

Deepen your learning and design your plan to implement a pilot innovation project.

Pitch your proposal to our panel of experts and potentially receive start-up funding.

Time commitment

The Innovation programme is a six-month programme. We’ve designed the programme to easily fit around a busy job, like social work. You’ll learn through a mix of in-person and online teaching, made up of:

If you progress to the design and build phase of the programme, we will invite you to attend a one-week in-person bootcamp. You may need to use CPD (continuing professional development) time or annual leave to cover this.

Important dates

Programme launch day1 day in-person, London20 Jun 2024
Define and explore workshops6 x two-hour sessions onlineJun – Oct 2024
One-to-one coaching sessions3 x 90 minute sessions onlineJul – Oct 2024
Facilitated peer support groups2 x two-hour sessions onlineAug and Oct 2024
Design and build workshop5 days in-person, London*4 – 8 Nov 2024
Pilot project support1 year ongoing supportNov 2024 – Nov 2025
* We will provide accomodation for those outside London


The Innovation programme is open to all our fellows, provided you are not currently participating in one of our programmes.

Applications now open

You’ll need to answer a few questions about yourself and your idea. Applications will close on 17 May. We recommend you submit your application as soon as possible.