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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

“RADICAL HELP: HOW TO REMAKE THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN US AND THE WELFARE STATE”

Date: 26 November 2018

Speaker: Hilary Cottam, Social Activist

The public systems and services that were created over half a century ago to make societies more just and fair are breaking down. Redesigning them for the 21st century is one of the most daunting, and most urgent, tasks facing governments – and us all. With the launch of her new book Radical Help, Hilary will demonstrate how the creative steps to make change happen are small and simple: through collaboration with welfare professionals, through engaging with those who are looking for new forms of help and, above all, from those who are transforming their lives often in harsh circumstances. Each of the experiments started with an invitation. Hilary invites you to join in.

Interested in attending this event? Get in touch with Marie Edwards via marie.edwards@thefrontline.org.uk.

PREVIOUS SEMINARS

“THERE HAS TO BE A DIFFERENT WAY”

Date: May 2018

Speaker: Steve Goodman, Director of Morning Lane Associates

Steve  co-devised and led the implementation of Reclaiming Social Work, promoting the ideas of the model both in the UK and abroad. He believes that social work leadership still needs to change fundamentally. Steve discussed leadership challenges in children’s social care: how to promote strong values and enable a distributive, supportive and creative culture.

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.