Our impact

The children and young people who rely on social workers deserve committed, passionate and skilled professionalsSince 2013 we have been working to create social change for children who do not have a safe or stable home, by developing excellent social work practice and leadership. 

A new model for children’s social care

Social work charity Frontline and the Centre for Public Impact, a not-for-profit foundation focused on government innovation, have launched a blueprint outlining a new model for children’s social care, with the backing of leaders in the profession. The model puts relationships over bureaucracy and provides a practical path for how a local authority in England could do children’s social care differently.


Impact report 2020

We are proud to showcase some of the some of the amazing work Frontline participants, Firstline leaders and Fellows have been doing. To do so, we have put their voice and the voice of vulnerable families at its core. For the first time, we have shared case studies from families who have received support from our social workers, demonstrating in a very real way the impact and difference they are making to their lives.


Supporting children and families

In total, we estimate that over 98,000 families have received support from Frontline participants and teams led by Firstline leaders.

Recruiting and developing social workers

We have brought over 1,000 people into social work through the Frontline programme.

Raising the status of social work

We have been listed in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers for five years – the first social work organisation to feature.


Retaining quality social work staff

remain in children’s social work six months after completing the Frontline programme.



By the end of 2018, an estimated 660 people will have completed one of our programmes and joined the Frontline Fellowship.


By September 2020, we estimate that our participants will have
worked with 100,000 families while on our programmes.


We will have 1,500 fellows who are applying themselves to address social disadvantage in different ways by 2020.


Independent studies from Cardiff University and the Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR) at Loughborough University have found that the Frontline and Firstline programmes are successful in developing the practice skill and leadership of social workers.

Firstline leaders were ‘overwhelmingly positive’ about participating in the programme, with many considering it
the best training and professional development that they had received as managers and leaders.

Lougborough Evaluation, 2017


Read a short briefing about our impact on retention here.



You can read more details about the impact we are having in our annual reports. Read the Annual Report and Accounts 2019–20 here.