Our vision is of a day where every child and young person in need has the safe and stable foundations to succeed in life. We are working towards this through the Frontline and Firstline programmes, which develop outstanding individuals to be leaders in social work and broader society.
The Frontline programme is a unique opportunity for high potential university leavers and career changers to join one of Britain’s toughest and most rewarding professions. Our two-year programme offers you an exciting new route into a challenging career in children’s social work. You’ll benefit from intensive practical and academic training tailored to your needs as one of a new generation of children’s social workers.
The Firstline programme is an intensive leadership development programme for social work managers, designed to fit around their day-to-day work. The ten-month programme enables social work managers to develop their leadership through a combination of residential modules, group practice and individual development sessions. By improving their leadership skills, managers can empower social workers to transform the lives of vulnerable children and families.
Get an insight into our programmes and learn about their impact on social work practice and the lives of vulnerable children and families. Read stories from our programme participants.
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.
The Firstline programme has challenged my views of social work management entirely, and I am now enjoying my role much more.
I joined the Firstline programme because I was looking for something that would challenge me both professionally and personally.
I definitely feel like I’m part of a positive movement to change social work – and I’m thankful to be part of it.
I don’t know any other career where you can work in such a collaborative way with a child and their family.
What I enjoy most is that social work is just so interesting. Families are unique and fascinating and no two will ever be the same.
Everyone has a different story, but we all share a passion for helping vulnerable children and families.
I really enjoy getting to know families and building useful relationships with them.
I work with children within the criminal justice system and their families to reduce reoffending and manage their risk to themselves and others.
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.
With over 700,000 in England relying on social workers, there is much work to be done.
Get an insight into our programmes
Find out more about the Frontline and Firstline programmes by reading our latest news and blogs.
- Why I decided not to give up pushing for change- When Heather joined the Fellowship Retreat to develop a ‘change-project’, she left with a very different project than she expected. Find out how she made a difference to vulnerable children and families.
- The importance of building relationships- Relationships are so crucial as a social worker, because you’re becoming involved with families and young people at a really vulnerable time for them. You want to support people to have the best outcomes during this tough time in their lives.
- Despite the challenges, lockdown can strengthen our relationships with families- Families are often reluctant to engage with social workers, but there seems to be a shift towards families valuing their social worker more.