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Our vision is 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.

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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 transform the lives of vulnerable children and families.

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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 vulnerable children and families. Read stories from our programme participants.


With half a million children in England lacking a safe or stable home, 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 do social workers use alienating language? - Recent articles and social media comments have claimed that the language social workers use can alienate families. Debbie El Sheikh got together with a group of fellows to discuss why and how they could set about changing this.
  • Frontline rises to 26 in The Times Top 100 list of graduate employers - Today the prestigious Times Top 100 graduate employers list 2018-19 was announced. We're proud to share that we've risen to 26 in the rankings, which also marks the fifth year running that we've been featured, amongst organisations including Google, the Civil Service, Aldi and the BBC.