Resources for social change

Looking for more ways to improve your practice or build on your leadership skills? Or maybe you would like to hear from experts and inspirational people who are bringing about social change for children and families? Throughout the year, we share helpful resources to support you on your learning journey. They are free to access and available to all. So whether you’re new to the profession, or further along in your career, find out what’s available below.

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15 Apr 2021

“Change is at the very heart of social work”, with Mary Jackson

Hear about Mary’s leadership journey, her vision for Frontline, and how we can work together as a sector to lead lasting change in social work for children and families.

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29 Apr 2021

“If anti-racism doesn’t exist for social workers, can it exist for service users?” with Wayne Reid

Wayne talks about anti-racism in social work and shares his thoughts on how social workers can challenge and hold themselves, their teams, and employers to account when it comes to being anti-racist.

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18 Mar 2021

“If it’s not good enough for our children, why is it good enough for the children we care for?” with Mark Riddell MBE

Mark shares his journey in campaigning for better support for children in care and care leavers.

Read
11 Jun 2021

A blueprint for children’s social care

Find out more about a new model for children’s social care that puts relationships over bureaucracy.

Watch
5 May 2021

Breaking free from the destructive cycle of crime, with Michael O’Connor

Michael shares how SHiFT hope to change the youth justice system to bring about better outcomes for children, their families, and for society.

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24 Feb 2021

Child to parent abuse awareness session, with Michelle John

Learn about the different forms child to parent abuse can take, and get practical advice on how to best support families.

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9 Dec 2020

Creating lasting change for homeless people, with Alex Stephany

Alex Stephany, founder of Beam, shares how one friendship with a homeless man inspired him to set up the charity.

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31 Mar 2021

Demystifying corporate parenting principles, with Mark Riddell MBE

Mark talked about demystifying corporate parenting principles and why we should adopt a ‘less corporate and more parenting’ approach.

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11 Aug 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 1

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

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11 Sep 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 10

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

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14 Aug 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 2

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

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19 Aug 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 3

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

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21 Aug 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 4

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

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26 Aug 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 5

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

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28 Aug 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 6

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

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2 Sep 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 7

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

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4 Sep 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 8

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

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9 Sep 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 9

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

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17 Feb 2021

From idea to reality: reflecting on my time at Frontline, with Josh MacAlister

Frontline founder, Josh MacAlister, reflects on what he’s achieved and his hopes for the future.

Read
25 Jun 2021

Frontline social work training: an evaluation by Dartington Social Research Unit

Dartington Social Research Unit conducted a study which sought to measure outcomes for children and families who have social workers.

Watch
7 May 2021

Harnessing people power to create change, with Kajal Odedra

Kajal Odedra from Change.org shares how her experiences growing up led her to becoming an activist. Kajal was this year’s keynote speaker at our virtual Frontline programme graduation event.

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10 Feb 2021

Having conversations about race with children, with Nadia, Fran and Eugene

How often do we talk about race with children? Social workers Nadia, Fran and Eugene, discuss their experiences.

Watch
27 Jan 2021

Helping parents and children cope with change, with Sarah Weller

How you, as a parent, carer or practitioner, can help children cope with significant change, such as the the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read
25 Jun 2021

How can we better integrate theory and practice in social work training?

Alison Domakin and Liz Curry explore opportunities that arise when staff and practitioners work together to support student learning.

Watch
2 Jun 2021

How could co-design change the future of homes for children? with Sophie Clarke

Sophie looks at ways in which children’s residential homes could be better designed for the future with children and young people at the heart.

Listen
1 Apr 2021

How the arts can transform the lives of children and young people, with Adam Tulloch

Adam shares why arts organisations and statutory services should work more closely together to better support young people.

Watch
19 May 2021

Intersectionality and social work, with Listen Up

Jahnine Davis and Nick Marsh from Listen Up discuss the topic of intersectionality and how it can be embedded in social work practice.

Listen
10 Mar 2021

Listen Up! How to really hear the voices of marginalised young people, with Jahnine Davis and Nick Marsh

Hear the story of founding Listen Up, and the impact Jahnine and Nick hope to make by amplifying and prioritising lesser heard voices.

Watch
10 Mar 2021

Trauma and the brain, and the role of the social worker, with Anna Jesseman

Learn about the impact that systemic societal oppression and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have on the brain.

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3 Jun 2021

Walking in the shoes of children in and on the edge of care, with Martin Kelly OBE

Hear about North Yorkshire’s No Wrong Door model that Martin developed to provide better support for children in and on the edge of the care system.

Watch
16 Jun 2021

What will the months ahead look like for social work?

Hear from social work professionals as they reflect on their experiences over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Listen
13 May 2021

Why we must champion survivors and victims of domestic abuse, with Nicole Jacobs

Nicole talks about the changes she hope to bring about as the very first Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales.

Watch
5 May 2021

Breaking free from the destructive cycle of crime, with Michael O’Connor

Michael shares how SHiFT hope to change the youth justice system to bring about better outcomes for children, their families, and for society.

Watch
24 Feb 2021

Child to parent abuse awareness session, with Michelle John

Learn about the different forms child to parent abuse can take, and get practical advice on how to best support families.

Watch
31 Mar 2021

Demystifying corporate parenting principles, with Mark Riddell MBE

Mark talked about demystifying corporate parenting principles and why we should adopt a ‘less corporate and more parenting’ approach.

Watch
7 May 2021

Harnessing people power to create change, with Kajal Odedra

Kajal Odedra from Change.org shares how her experiences growing up led her to becoming an activist. Kajal was this year’s keynote speaker at our virtual Frontline programme graduation event.

Watch
10 Feb 2021

Having conversations about race with children, with Nadia, Fran and Eugene

How often do we talk about race with children? Social workers Nadia, Fran and Eugene, discuss their experiences.

Watch
27 Jan 2021

Helping parents and children cope with change, with Sarah Weller

How you, as a parent, carer or practitioner, can help children cope with significant change, such as the the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watch
2 Jun 2021

How could co-design change the future of homes for children? with Sophie Clarke

Sophie looks at ways in which children’s residential homes could be better designed for the future with children and young people at the heart.

Watch
19 May 2021

Intersectionality and social work, with Listen Up

Jahnine Davis and Nick Marsh from Listen Up discuss the topic of intersectionality and how it can be embedded in social work practice.

Watch
10 Mar 2021

Trauma and the brain, and the role of the social worker, with Anna Jesseman

Learn about the impact that systemic societal oppression and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have on the brain.

Watch
16 Jun 2021

What will the months ahead look like for social work?

Hear from social work professionals as they reflect on their experiences over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Listen
15 Apr 2021

“Change is at the very heart of social work”, with Mary Jackson

Hear about Mary’s leadership journey, her vision for Frontline, and how we can work together as a sector to lead lasting change in social work for children and families.

Listen
29 Apr 2021

“If anti-racism doesn’t exist for social workers, can it exist for service users?” with Wayne Reid

Wayne talks about anti-racism in social work and shares his thoughts on how social workers can challenge and hold themselves, their teams, and employers to account when it comes to being anti-racist.

Listen
18 Mar 2021

“If it’s not good enough for our children, why is it good enough for the children we care for?” with Mark Riddell MBE

Mark shares his journey in campaigning for better support for children in care and care leavers.

Listen
9 Dec 2020

Creating lasting change for homeless people, with Alex Stephany

Alex Stephany, founder of Beam, shares how one friendship with a homeless man inspired him to set up the charity.

Listen
11 Aug 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 1

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

Listen
11 Sep 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 10

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

Listen
14 Aug 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 2

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

Listen
19 Aug 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 3

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

Listen
21 Aug 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 4

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

Listen
26 Aug 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 5

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

Listen
28 Aug 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 6

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

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2 Sep 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 7

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

Listen
4 Sep 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 8

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

Listen
9 Sep 2020

Emily’s story BBC Radio 4 Episode 9

Listen to this feature following Frontline programme participant, James, as he works with a mother, Emily.

Listen
17 Feb 2021

From idea to reality: reflecting on my time at Frontline, with Josh MacAlister

Frontline founder, Josh MacAlister, reflects on what he’s achieved and his hopes for the future.

Listen
1 Apr 2021

How the arts can transform the lives of children and young people, with Adam Tulloch

Adam shares why arts organisations and statutory services should work more closely together to better support young people.

Listen
10 Mar 2021

Listen Up! How to really hear the voices of marginalised young people, with Jahnine Davis and Nick Marsh

Hear the story of founding Listen Up, and the impact Jahnine and Nick hope to make by amplifying and prioritising lesser heard voices.

Listen
3 Jun 2021

Walking in the shoes of children in and on the edge of care, with Martin Kelly OBE

Hear about North Yorkshire’s No Wrong Door model that Martin developed to provide better support for children in and on the edge of the care system.

Listen
13 May 2021

Why we must champion survivors and victims of domestic abuse, with Nicole Jacobs

Nicole talks about the changes she hope to bring about as the very first Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales.

Read
11 Jun 2021

A blueprint for children’s social care

Find out more about a new model for children’s social care that puts relationships over bureaucracy.

Read
25 Jun 2021

Frontline social work training: an evaluation by Dartington Social Research Unit

Dartington Social Research Unit conducted a study which sought to measure outcomes for children and families who have social workers.

Read
25 Jun 2021

How can we better integrate theory and practice in social work training?

Alison Domakin and Liz Curry explore opportunities that arise when staff and practitioners work together to support student learning.