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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.

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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.

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Case studies

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.


With half a million children in England lacking a safe or stable home, there is much work to be done.

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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.
  • 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.
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