Our vision is a society where no child’s life chances are limited by their social or family circumstance. We are working towards this through the Frontline and Firstline programmes, which develop excellent social work practice and leadership, to create social change for children who do not have a safe or stable home.

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.

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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 create social change for children who do not have a safe or stable home.

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Case studies

Get an insight into our programmes and learn about their impact on social work practice and the lives of children and families. Read stories from our programme participants.


With over 700,000 in England relying on social workers, there is much work to be done.

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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.