Our vision is a day where every child and young person in need has the safe and stable foundations to succeed in life. We are working towards this through the Frontline and Firstline programmes, which develop outstanding individuals to be leaders in social work and broader society.
The Frontline programme is a unique opportunity for high potential university leavers and career changers to join one of Britain’s toughest and most rewarding professions. Our two-year programme offers you an exciting new route into a challenging career in children’s social work. You’ll benefit from intensive practical and academic training tailored to your needs as one of a new generation of children’s social workers.
The Firstline programme is an intensive leadership development programme for social work managers. The ten-month programme enables social work managers to develop their leadership through a combination of residential leadership modules, workshops, and development sessions, so that they can empower social workers to transform the lives of vulnerable children and families.
Get an insight into our programmes and learn about their impact on social work practice and the lives of vulnerable children and families. Read stories from our programme participants.
Having a child confide in and trust you, and seeing them grow is also something that stays with you and gives you hope for the future.
With other fellows, I’ve been able to think about the scope for change and innovation in practice, policy and research across the sector.
The Firstline programme has challenged my views of social work management entirely, and I am now enjoying my role much more.
I joined the Firstline programme because I was looking for something that would challenge me both professionally and personally.
I definitely feel like I’m part of a positive movement to change social work – and I’m thankful to be part of it.
I don’t know any other career where you can work in such a collaborative way with a child and their family.
What I enjoy most is that social work is just so interesting. Families are unique and fascinating and no two will ever be the same.
Everyone has a different story, but we all share a passion for helping vulnerable children and families.
I really enjoy getting to know families and building useful relationships with them.
I work with children within the criminal justice system and their families to reduce reoffending and manage their risk to themselves and others.
By far the biggest insight Firstline has given me is into my own behaviour and the way that I lead others and support the team.
My time as a social worker has made me more adaptable, confident in my own judgements, calm in a crisis and able to prioritise effectively.
I think every child has the talent to do well and succeed. If I can change their lives in any way so they can do that, then that’s what I want to do.
With half a million children in England lacking a safe or stable home, there is much work to be done.
Get an insight into our programmes
Find out more about the Frontline and Firstline programmes by reading our latest news and blogs.
- The Frontline Fellowship: One year on - One year on from the launch of the Fellowship, Aimee Hardaker reflects on what fellows have been up to, the lessons we’ve learnt so far, and what’s next for the movement.
- Frontline partners with Tavistock and Portman to develop practice-based research in social work - Dr Louise Grant and Professor Andrew Cooper discuss their ambitions for the partnership and the potential benefits for the profession.
- BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire – Come back to social work - Lisa Hackett, our Head of Region in the Midlands, speaks to Trish Adudu on the BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire Breakfast Show. Listen in to hear Lisa explain what we're doing at Frontline to bring people into social work, and her thoughts on how we can support social workers to remain in the profession.
- Drive to get more men into social work - Social work charity Frontline is today launching a recruitment campaign to attract more men into social work.