Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, is set to announce today that funding has been approved for a third cohort of Frontline. Speaking at the National Children’s and Adults Services Conference (NCAS) she will say:
“Frontline, a new route into social work for top graduates, has already seen unprecedented levels of interest. In its first year it received 25 applications for every place, propelling it into the top 100 career choices for graduates: the highest new entry in The Times Top 100 list. There have already been 1,000 applicants for the second round of Frontline and we’re anticipating this level of interest to continue, so I’m delighted to say that the government is supporting another year of Frontline.”
Frontline is being set up as a national charity with a mission to develop leaders in the profession and broader society who can contribute to transforming life chances for the most vulnerable children. Having gained the full confidence of the Department for Education, Frontline will now continue well into the next parliament. Today’s announcement also means that Frontline will be actively considering a new city region of local authorities where it can work in partnership to extend its impact for children and families.
Chief Executive, Josh MacAlister said: “Today’s announcement is a significant step for Frontline. The commitment shown by government means that we can continue in our mission to transform the lives of vulnerable children who need outstanding social workers. The aim of improving outcomes for children at risk is a national challenge and we are delighted to contribute to this.”
Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt MP, responding to the announcement on Frontline, said: “I am delighted to support Frontline’s efforts to bring more outstanding graduates into social work. Labour is committed to supporting those who provide this vital public service.”
Director of Children’s Social Care in Southwark, Rory Patterson said: “As a partner local authority, we welcome the news that the government is extending its support for Frontline. We have been impressed with the quality of recruits and the potential they offer our service. Southwark is proud to be part of wider efforts to improve the quality of social work practice, and Frontline offers us an opportunity to focus on practice.”
Frontline Chair, Lord Adonis said: “I am delighted at today’s announcement. Having demonstrated it can attract the best and brightest graduates and having placed social work for the first time into the top 100 graduate careers, I see a bright future for Frontline.”