Innovation Lab

Frontline’s Innovation Lais an initiative to support Frontline fellows to develop and deliver ideas that help create lasting social change for children who do not have a safe or stable home. 

Developing initiatives

The Innovation Lab is a dedicated space for fellows to develop and implement initiatives that create lasting social change for disadvantaged children. These could be initiatives that develop sustainable change at a local level or that have the potential to create broader systemic change, both within the statutory sector and wider society.

Investing in ideas

We invest time, resources and expertise in our fellows’ initiatives and ideas, whether they are improving social work practice, creating innovative solutions to problems inside and outside the profession, or bringing together professionals to improve skills and knowledge.

Coaching and support

Fellows have access to coaching to build their confidence and resilience, and to learn how to creatively overcome challenges. Coaching and expert guidance also helps them learn the skills needed to build and run their own social enterprise or initiative.

Small and large projects

Whether it is an idea that leads to small, sustainable change in their local authority, or national, system-wide change, we support fellows in transforming their idea into something tangible.

Creating lasting impact, one small change at a time

The Innovation programme

The Innovation programme is a new programme being launched by Frontline through our philanthropically funded Innovation Lab. Through the programme, Frontline fellows will have the opportunity to develop pioneering ideas that will positively impact social work practice and drive social change for children and families.

None of this can happen without your support

The Innovation Lab is at the heart of our 2020–25 strategy: social work for social change. It has the potential to supercharge the impact of the Fellowship.

Through the innovation and initiatives that emerge from the lab, children and families are already benefitting from improved support that helps them overcome the challenges they face.

Over the next five years, we will improve safety and stability for over 50,000 children through this work.

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted more than ever that the most disadvantaged in our society are affected disproportionately in times of turmoil, and that the support of social workers is crucial to help them overcome the challenges they face. But it has also shown us that there are great opportunities for the social work system to be reimagined in a way that best enables this.

Practice Network

Where fellows develop their social work practice skills, share knowledge and learn from experts in the profession and beyond.

Advocacy and Policy Hub

Equipping fellows with the skills and opportunities to influence policy and put children and families at the heart of public decision-making.