Why is diversity essential on the Frontline programme?
It is crucial to ensure both the Frontline programme, and the profession more broadly, reflect the widest range of perspectives possible. Almost a third of the children social workers support identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic, and over half would identify as male. We believe social workers should reflect this diversity, and the diversity of all the communities they serve. This is how we will be able to have the biggest impact on disadvantaged children and families and create social change for those that need it most.
22% of our 2020 cohort identifies as being Black, Asian or minority ethnic and our most recent intake has a higher representation of men than other routes, but we want to and know we can do better.
What are our diversity commitments?
Frontline are committed to being an anti-racist organisation as we know we can’t develop excellent social work practice or bring about social change for children and families without confronting racism head-on. In our Racial Diversity and Inclusion action plan, we outlined our commitments and steps we are going to take towards being a truly anti-racist organisation. For the Frontline programme this includes:
- bringing more diverse cohorts into the social work profession
- more explicit anti-racist teaching
- equipping participants with the skills to challenge discrimination and advocate for social justice and change.
We are also actively working towards our future cohorts being more reflective of the communities they serve where gender is concerned. Find out more about the importance of men in social work in our video.
Supporting applicants with disabilities
At Frontline, we believe that people with disabilities have an important contribution to make, with unique experiences that benefit the children and families that we serve.
Many previous Frontline participants with disabilities have completed our training successfully and gone on to practise safely and effectively with or without adjustments to support them. We therefore aim to ensure that our screening, assessment and decision-making processes complement these beliefs, whilst also ensuring alongside this that applicants with a conditional offer are likely able to meet the programme’s competence standards and the Professional Standards set by England’s social work regulator Social Work England (SWE): the professional body that our programme is bound by.
More information on the support we have available (Link Fran’s page) and our Suitability Policy can be found here.
There are several points during Frontline’s application and suitability process where you are given the opportunity to disclose a disability to us. Although you are not obliged to share this information with us, we strongly recommend that you do so at the earliest opportunity so we can make the necessary reasonable adjustments. For more information on the support we are able to provide please see this page.