From 2017, Frontline is responsible for all academic teaching on the Frontline programme, and is registered as an education provider by the Health and Care Professions Council.
The academic curriculum is taught by in-house social work tutors – all highly experienced, registered social workers. They are led by Deputy Programme Director and Head of Academic Studies, Dr Louise Grant, and teach alongside a dedicated Curriculum team led by Karen Schiltroth. In addition, visiting experts contribute to the curriculum, as do people who have experienced social work services in their lives.
Academic study forms a vital component of the Frontline programme. All teaching is grounded in recent, evidence-based and innovative approaches to child protection social work. Your involvement will begin at the Summer Institute and then continue throughout the Frontline programme, as you progress through the assessment process and complete your Masters degree.
The broad approach is to prepare you to work with children and families to bring about change. A key feature of Frontline’s fresh approach to social work education is the integration of theory and academic learning into everyday practice. The teaching of practice skills in helping people are key to the Frontline Programme. You will have a dedicated practice tutor who will visit you regularly in your local authority practice setting, providing tutorials that draw on their extensive experience of social work. At Frontline we call this ‘taking the university into practice’.
The Frontline programme is accredited by the University of Bedfordshire who award a Masters degree to successful participants.
Meet the team
Meet the team delivering the curriculum.
Louise is Head of Academic Studies and Deputy Programme Director at Frontline.
Lisa has worked in in a variety of roles in the social work sector.
Jo has 25 years’ experience of direct practice in social care settings with both children and adults.
Charlie joined Frontline as a Curriculum Advisor in Motivational Interviewing (MI) in 2016.
Dr Karen Treisman
Dr Treisman is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS and children’s services for several years.
Henry graduated as a social worker in 2006. He’s worked in various children and families social work settings before joining the Frontline Academic Team in 2016.
Lara has been a practicing social worker and manager for the last 10 years.
Before joining Frontline as a Practice Tutor, Eugene spent the majority of his professional career in working in the statutory setting.
Dr Julia Jude
Julia has over 26 years of working within a multi-disciplinary context
Chris left statutory social work to join the University of Bedfordshire as a Lecturer on the Frontline programme in May 2014
Tessa qualified as a social worker in 1985, following the publication of the Barclay Report on social work.
Karen joined Frontline as a Principal Practice Tutor in May 2017.
Fran has over ten years’ experience working as a social worker with high risk and complex child protection cases.
Alison has been qualified as a child and family social worker for over 25 years.
Margaret is a Systemic Family Psychotherapist and Systemic Supervisor and is registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).