In Year 2 you will be a qualified social worker responsible for your own caseload. As a newly qualified social worker (NQSW), your local authority will assess and support you throughout your first year, including limiting the size and complexity of your caseload.
You will be working in your local authority’s children’s services department. Your professional development will be closely supported by your local authority and by Frontline through the ongoing leadership development programme.
You will continue studying over the course of the year, gaining a Masters in Advanced Relationship Based Social Work with Children and Families. This masters will develop your confidence and autonomy in child and family social work practice through a deeper understanding of the Frontline practice models.
The coaching offer
You will also have the chance to receive coaching from one of Frontline’s experienced leadership coaches. Coaching is tailored to ensure participants have the dedicated time and support to reflect and embed their learning within a local authority setting.
Participants work with a supervisor and line manager to support them with their day-to-day work. Coaching provides an additional confidential space for participants to reflect and talk with an independent person to help them manage the transition into their assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) and to develop as a leader.
Frontline’s leadership statement articulates what it means to be a leader in social work. This is not necessarily about being a leader of people, but a role model, and leading by example in social work practice. The statement is accompanied by a guide, which offers examples grouped in a series of leadership capabilities, designed specifically for social work leadership. The leadership statement underpins the coaching sessions.
Some examples of the challenges participants might bring to sessions are:
- Managing self and resilience whilst adapting to the changes in Year 2
- Managing a caseload whilst undertaking their masters
- Identifying goals on which to focus in order to build confidence in their ability
- Identifying and using strengths in work with families and other professionals
- Building relationships and influencing colleagues’ different approaches
- Managing difficult conversations or conflict situations
There are five individual, confidential sessions (two hours for sessions one; an hour and a half for the rest) offered to participants between October and August. The diagram below shows example topics and time frames, but both will be tailored specifically to the needs of the participant.
We have a network of qualified and experienced coaches committed to helping us achieve our mission by developing the leadership skill of participants. The network operates as a community of practice, enabling the sharing of insights between the coaches and Frontline.