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LEADERSHIP SEMINARS

We run biannual leadership seminars to expose our audience to leading thinkers in social work and system influencers. Our aim is to challenge, inspire, and provide new learning and networking opportunities for those who attend. The seminars are open to participants on our programmes, social workers from our partner local authorities and fellows, as well as others from our wider network.

FRONTLINE AND LEADERSHIP

Leadership lies at the heart of Frontline’s ethos. It influences who we recruit onto our programmes and determines how we teach, coach and assess our participants. It influences their roles and how they perform. Some will constructively disrupt or challenge within their systems. Some will seek to apply their leadership in fields beyond social work practice, for example in policy design or in setting up transformative ventures. Leadership can be subtle or overt, either way, it has the power to effect lasting change for the benefit of children.

UPCOMING SEMINARS

The next Frontline leadership seminar is scheduled to take place in autumn 2018.

PREVIOUS SEMINARS

“THERE HAS TO BE A DIFFERENT WAY” – LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES IN CHILDREN’S SOCIAL CARE

Date: May 2018

Speaker: Steve Goodman, Director of Morning Lane Associates

Steve has led social work services across the country. He co-devised and led the implementation of Reclaiming Social Work, promoting the ideas of the model both in the UK and abroad. In recent years, Steve has increasingly concentrated on themes around leadership and organisational culture. He believes that social work leadership still needs to change fundamentally. Steve discusses leadership ideas that promote strong values, and enable a distributive, supportive and creative culture – acknowledging that it is not easy to do this.

Read the Community Care article here.

CLOSING THE GAP – SOCIAL MOBILITY AND SOCIAL WORK

Date: April 2017

Speaker: Rt. Hon. Alan Milburn, Chair of the Social Mobility Commission

A former member of parliament for the Labour party, Rt. Hon. Alan Milburn spoke about the current state of social mobility in the UK and then went on to explore the role that social workers can play in ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to succeed, regardless of their background.

UNLEASHING THE LEADER IN EVERY YOUNG PERSON

Date: November 2016

Speaker: Ruth Ibegbuna, founder and CEO of RECLAIM

Building on her experience as a foster carer, a successful senior head teacher, as well as founding the award-winning social action and youth leadership programme, RECLAIM, Ruth spoke about the importance of unleashing the leadership potential of children in and outside of care.

Read the Community Care article here.

THE MUNRO REVIEW – WHAT’S CHANGED AND WHERE DO WE GO NEXT?

Date: April 2016

Speaker: Eileen Munro CBE, Professor of Social Policy at London School of Economics

Professor Eileen Munro, whose influential review of child protection was published in 2011, spoke about bureaucracy, blame and building a better future for social work.

Read the Community Care article here.