Cardiff Evaluation

In 2016 Cardiff University published an independent evaluation of the Frontline programme, on behalf of the Department for Education. The evaluation compared the practice skills of Frontline participants with those qualifying into social work through other routes, and found evidence of ‘impressive’ social work practice by the charity’s first recruits.


  • Frontline participants were rated higher than students on equivalent programmes for practice skills on every one of the ten assessment criteria. The difference in score for practice skills was statistically significant, with the results described by the evaluators as “impressive”.
  • The report acknowledged that Frontline’s recruitment campaign has been effective in bringing more people into social work.
  • The evaluation commented on Frontline bringing a significantly higher proportion of men into a predominantly female profession.