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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 on every one of the ten assessment criteria for practice skills. The difference in score for practice skills was found to be statistically significant, with the results described by the evaluators as “impressive”.
  • Frontline participants’ ability to develop strong collaborative relationships and their cultural competence was noted.
  • Frontline’s recruitment campaign has been effective in bringing people into social work.
  • Frontline is bringing a significantly higher proportion of men into a predominantly female profession.