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.
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.