Social work charity hires 1,000 recruits

5th September 2018

This week, social work charity Frontline has brought its 1,000th person into practice, marking five years of work to transform lives across the country.

Frontline, which runs the largest social work training programme in the country, is celebrating five years since its launch. This week marks a major milestone for the charity, with the 1,000th participant starting their first day in a child protection team as part of a cohort of 340 individuals.

In England, over half a million children don’t have a safe or stable home. To date, social workers recruited and developed through Frontline’s programmes have worked with over 40,000 of these children and their families. The charity continues to increase its impact on the lives of the country’s most vulnerable, this week opening applications for 452 participants for the 2019 Cohort, its largest to date.

Since 2013, Frontline has expanded its work greatly. It has set up an additional programme, Firstline, which develops social work managers into outstanding leaders and now partners with a third of local authorities across England. By 2020, over 1,500 outstanding individuals will have joined Frontline’s alumni network, the Frontline Fellowship, and will be applying their talents to address social disadvantage.

You can find out more about the charity’s impact over the last five years here.

Josh MacAlister, Frontline’s founder and Chief Executive: ‘Frontline has come so far since the first cohort of 104 participants started in 2014, when 18 local authorities across London and Manchester bravely partnered with us. It’s fantastic to see our 1,000th participant come into practice. Social work has the power to change lives and we’re looking forward to developing more outstanding social workers to help give every child a safe and stable home.’

Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education: ‘The role that social workers play in our society couldn’t be more important – they make a real difference to the lives children and families who find themselves in some of the most difficult circumstances.

“Programmes like Frontline are helping thousands of children and families get the care and support they need and we will continue to support programmes that raise the quality of social work and help develop the next generation of leaders in the profession.’

Angela Rayner, Shadow Secretary of State for Education: ‘It’s great to be able to take the opportunity to celebrate the exceptional work of social workers today and recognise that they make a huge difference to the lives of the most disadvantaged children and families. This is why Labour will continue to support all training routes for social workers, including Frontline.’