Ep.1 Men don’t care? Masculinity and talking

It’s widely known that men often struggle to reach out for help or emotional support, resulting in the scary statistic that the biggest killer of young men is suicide.

Episode 1 of our new three-part series, Men don’t care? looks at the wider impacts that masculinity has on young men. The first discussion sees Jojo, current student and care leaver, Nick, student and radio host, Callum, head of Fellowship at Frontline, and Robin Morgan, comedian, sharing how society’s assumptions and perceptions about masculinity have impacted their lives.

We need more men in social work

In England, 700,000 children rely on the support of a social worker. Social workers can act as important role models for these children and young people in their most difficult moments.

The gender gap in social work remains significant. Boys and young men make up more than half the children that social workers support, but only 14% of children’s social workers are men.

At Frontline, we believe social workers should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. We need to close the gender gap and bring more men into this rewarding profession.

Can you be a positive male role model, for children and their families?

Ep.2 Men don’t care? Masculinity and careers

Despite much progress in recent years, many men and women still hold the belief that certain career paths are ‘gendered’. Some work stereotypes are still engrained in us. For instance, a research study commissioned by Frontline revealed that men are more likely to believe that money and prestige are some of the most important aspects to strive for in a career. In this episode, Jojo, Nick, Callum and Robin Morgan debunk and debate the myths of what people consider as ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ jobs in our communities.

Episode 2 of our three-part series, Men don’t care? focuses on how gender stereotypes affect which careers men ultimately seek out for themselves.

Ep.3 Men don’t care? Masculinity and Frontline

Only 14% of England’s children social workers are men, and less than 25% of applicants to the Frontline programme are male. In the final episode of our three-part series, Men don’t care? we look at how important it is to have male social workers, and how rewarding the career path can actually be for men as well as women.

Take a dive into how social work has benefitted our guest speakers, whether this be through working alongside social workers, or as a child receiving social work support themselves.

A career like no other

If driving social change sounds like something you want to be involved in then we want to hear from you. As a Times Top 100 Graduate Employer we offer a range of student and graduate opportunities, from internships and campus brand manager roles, to our two-year Frontline programme.

If you are looking for a career that allows you to make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and families, then come along to one or our insight events.

We’re here to help you reach your true potential, so that you can help others reach theirs.

Why should I join the Frontline programme?

Social workers support some of the most disadvantaged children and families in the community. Our two-year programme removes the barriers to the start of a successful career in social work for men and women alike. You will have a vital impact in your local community from almost day one and make a real, positive difference to society through your work. You will also gain skills in leadership, conflict resolution, analysis and adaptability to help you thrive in this dynamic and challenging role.