Diversity on the Frontline Programme

Our vision is a society where no child’s life chances are limited by their social or family circumstance and all our activity and teaching has a strong focus on anti-discriminatory practice, inclusion and practitioner reflexivity. We are committed to ensuring we improve diversity across the Frontline programme and are working hard to tackle under-representation in the social work profession.

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 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 vulnerable 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. 

We therefore want to actively encourage applications from anyone who identifies as Black, Asian or minority ethnic, and / or male, and wants to join us in our mission to create social change for children who do not have a safe or stable home. If this is you, we’re inviting you to submit an application as soon as possible. We are experiencing high application volumes and fill our places on a rolling basis, so would urge you to apply as soon as possible to secure your place and preferred location. Applications are open now.