Social work charity Frontline launch new programme

21st May 2021

A new leadership programme helping senior social work leaders to tackle the most common and persistent challenges they face in their roles has been launched today by Frontline, the social work charity.

The Headline programme joins Frontline’s well-established and successful Frontline programme, which recruits and trains graduates to become social workers, and Firstline programme, which provides leadership training for service managers. All three programmes aim to train new and existing social workers to develop excellent social work practice and leadership to help them create lasting social change for children and families.

Created for those at head of service level within local authorities, the Headline programme will equip them with the skills and knowledge to deal with a range of challenges. These have been identified through extensive research and consultation with sector experts, local authorities and experts by experience. It will also grow and develop leaders’ strategic leadership skills and knowledge to maximise the impact they are able to have on their service, teams and ultimately the children and families they serve.

Across the course of 12-months, Headline leaders will receive training and coaching from sector experts to develop and strengthen their strategic leadership skills, have access to a national peer support network, and spend time shadowing and learning from others across the country in their position.

On completion of the programme, Headline leaders will join the Frontline Fellowship, a community of social workers who together are continuing to develop their skills, share excellent practice and scope ideas and initiatives that will bring about real and sustainable change for children and families.

Mary Jackson, Chief Executive of Frontline said, “We are proud and delighted to be launching the Headline programme today. It will give leaders the tools they need not only to lead their teams more effectively, but also – and most importantly – to develop the skills and approach to delivering social work to create lasting positive change for children and families. Leaders of the programme will become part of our growing Fellowship to share good practice, influence decision makers and innovate.”

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