Over 700,000 children in England rely on the support of social workers each year. These children and their families face some of the worst life chances, but we know that great social work has the power to change this. With your support we can create significant and long-term change in the social work profession for the children who rely on it. 



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Making social work ‘work’ for children and families

Social workers play one of the most important roles in our society. But children’s social work is under enormous strain. Demands of bureaucracy, high caseloads, and turnover of staff limit the ability of social workers to remain child-focussed, which is vital to ensure the safety of vulnerable children.

How can your donation help?

Your donation will enable lasting change to happen in the social work system to benefit children and families. Donate here.

Improving social work practice and bringing innovation into the profession

Our Fellowship (alumni) is the network of social workers who have been trained by Frontline and are our most powerful driver for change. The Fellowship is a significant resource for sharing knowledge and skills, and spreading innovation. Fellows are addressing social disadvantage through their role as social workers or in aligned organisations.

Developing outstanding individuals to be leaders in social work

 Coaching programme for newly qualified social workers – Experienced and professional coaches give social workers the support and tools to navigate their way through a complex system at a crucial stage in their career. Not only does coaching directly improve support for children and families, it contributes to higher retention on the Frontline programme.

 Firstline programme for social work managers (10% philanthropically funded) – We are working towards a child-centred system, driven by outstanding social work managers. This important group on our Firstline programme are positively disrupting the social work system from within, driving change, and ensuring that the voice of the child is heard. Managers inspire and energise their teams in difficult circumstances, and have a profound impact on the way social work is delivered to children and families.

 Leadership series for the Frontline network – We expose our audience to leading thinkers inside and outside of social work through events, blogs and podcasts. Our aim is to inspire our network to apply leadership in any situation, regardless of their role. The leadership series brings together a broad social community, sparking debate and conversation.

Raising the status of the profession

Although its status is showing signs of improvement, social work is still not viewed as an attractive career choice. Through press activity, public affairs and regional outreach, we are challenging the traditional view of social work and bringing top graduates and career changers into the profession.

Charity independence

Philanthropic income allows us to remain independent as a charity and organisation. This is important to deliver our wider mission to drive lasting change in the social work system. Our fundraising return on investment is 10:1. For each £1 spent on fundraising, £10 goes on our work to transform the profession for children and families.

Government funding

Given the national priority placed on the recruitment of social workers, we work closely with the government to fund training of talented individuals to be social workers and to bring more people into the profession. Find out more about our Frontline and Firstline programmes.



Almost 2.4 million people contacted children’s services because they were worried about a child – a 78% increase from a decade ago (Department for Education, 2018).

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Thank you to our partners and supporters for making a big difference to the lives of children and families across England.

Growth and sustainability partners

Credit Suisse is a leading global financial services company headquartered in Zurich. The Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation works with innovative organisations to improve educational attainment, employability and aspirations of young disadvantaged people.


Founding partners

ARK Ark is an education charity that co-founded Frontline and now provides ongoing expertise and support.

THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP The Boston Consulting Group is a worldwide management consulting firm that supports Frontline with pro-bono consultancy support.

BIG CHANGE Big Change funds youth charity projects aimed at making a difference to the lives of young people.

THE QUEEN’S TRUST The Queen’s Trust raises funds to support young people and, in particular, encourages and helps young people to serve others in the community.


GARFIELD WESTON FOUNDATION The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, charitable grant-making foundation, that supports a wide range of causes across the UK.  

The Hadley Trust focuses on creating opportunities for disadvantaged people, either by financial assistance, involvement in project and support work or research into the causes of, and means to alleviate, hardship.

The Dulverton Trust is an independent grant-making charity focusing on youth opportunities, general welfare, conservation and preservation.

Alexander Partnership provides pro-bono coaching to support Frontline’s leadership and give their expertise to support the development of coaching as a key skill in the delivery of Frontline’s mission.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is a leading progressive thinktank in the UK. They supported Frontline by undertaking the initial research and working with Josh MacAlister to develop the idea.

AMV BBDO is the biggest communications agency in the UK. They have provided Frontline with pro-bono support with marketing and brand development.

Herbert Smith Freehills is one of the world’s leading professional services businesses. They provide pro-bono legal assistance to Frontline.

Sundog Pictures is an award winning production company. Sundog Pictures supports Frontline by producing films which tell Frontline’s stories.

The NSPCC is a charity campaigning and working in child protection in the UK.

Teach first is a charity aiming to eradicate educational inequality in the UK. Teach First are partnered with Frontline as part of their Innovation Partnership which help them support other great ideas for solutions to the problem of educational equality.

The Civil Service Fast Stream supports Frontline by allowing successful Fast Stream candidates to defer entry if they are successful in applying to Frontline.

LinkedIn is a business and employment oriented social networking service and have provided pro-bono support with event spaces.

Action for Children is a UK children’s charity helping vulnerable and neglected children and young people and their families.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a multinational law firm headquartered in London who have provided pro-bono support to Frontline.