The Frontline Fellowship is a movement of outstanding individuals who are applying themselves to address social disadvantage in different ways, and who have all received training from Frontline. There are three routes into the Fellowship: completing the Frontline programme, completing two years as a consultant social worker and completing the Firstline programme.
The Fellowship is directed and led by Frontline fellows. To support the impact of fellows, we are committed to facilitating a selection of opportunities in the areas detailed below.
We will continue to invest in the practice skills of Frontline fellows. This includes developing their direct work and leadership capabilities. Excellent practice skills are essential for outstanding social workers, and we will continue to support fellows in the approaches in which we have trained them.
Frontline fellows have the skills and ability to influence positively policy for vulnerable children and families, and for the social work sector more broadly. We are interested in hearing suggestions for how we can support fellows to do so.
WHAT DOES THE FELLOWSHIP INVOLVE?
The Fellowship involves a range of events, including practice workshops that we run each year.
In 2017 these focussed on emotional resilience and were delivered across the regions where fellows are based. They were co-led and co-designed by a Frontline fellow and an individual from the wider Frontline network. We have also run innovation events for fellows, and a fellow-led policy workshop about tackling neglect.
The Fellowship facilitates a number of different types of activity. This includes meeting with fellows on a one-to-one basis to support them to continue to have a positive impact on children and families, connecting fellows with similar interests and providing opportunities to teach new cohorts on the Frontline programme.
WHAT KIND OF ROLES DO FELLOWS GO INTO?
We are committed to supporting the career journey of Frontline fellows and the majority of fellows continue to work in the social work profession. However, some fellows decide to move away from direct frontline practice where they can lead change in broader society.
After completing their respective programmes, Frontline fellows embark on a wide variety of roles. Those continuing in social work have moved into consultant social worker roles, specialist areas such as domestic violence, while others have completed further qualifications. Outside of direct child protection social work fellows have taken up roles with the Children’s Commissioner, the Anna Freud Centre, policy roles within the Department for Education, as well as joining the Frontline charity, to name a few.
HOW CAN THE FELLOWSHIP SUPPORT ME IN MY
SOCIAL WORK CAREER?
Through the work of the Fellowship we support individuals to progress in their social work careers through a selection of practice-based workshops that will focus on developing individuals’ practice skill. In addition to this, a number of fellows have reached out to other fellows within the movement to ask for advice and mentoring.
Want to find out more about the Fellowship? Hear from some of our fellows.
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.
I’d like the Fellowship to be a space that brings together a group of people with the same values and beliefs about what social work should look like.
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.