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Michael Wood

“The highlights for me have been seeing the participants develop in their thinking,
skills, and confidence within such a short space of time”

I applied for the Consultant Social Worker role with Frontline in Newcastle because I wanted to be part of this innovative approach to training future social workers. I’ve been qualified for 10 years and really enjoyed all of the opportunities that I had as a Senior Practitioner, supporting practitioners in their ASYE. As a practice educator, I have had some challenges and really wanted to develop my skills in supporting the learning and development of students. Although it wasn’t a prerequisite, I had already studied systemic practice at foundation level; the approaches used in systemic practice resonated with me and I wanted the opportunity to put these into practice.

I’ve been in my role for six months now and I would have to say that the highlights for me have been seeing the participants develop in their thinking, skills, and confidence within such a short space of time. Also the unit meetings with the participants have been a great experience; giving them a safe space to explore their thinking in relation to families, provide helpful challenge to each other, whilst also supporting them to link the theories they learn to practice with families.

Location: London

Frontline, 1 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4SR