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Dedicated to recruiting high-potential graduates and career changers to become children’s social workers.


London and Manchester, United Kingdom

16 Oct 2013

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Leadership Development Programme and Master's Degree

Transform the lives of vulnerable children by becoming a leader in social work and broader society

London and Manchester, United Kingdom

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There are lots of graduate programmes out there. Most of them involving nice, comfortable office jobs.

Frontline is different. You will be working with challenging families, with schools, with courts, with the police. It takes resolve, dedication and qualities you may not even realise you have. Changing lives is not easy.

99% of us would run in the opposite direction. But if you’re part of the 1% who want to tackle one of Britain’s most challenging professions, read on.

Frontline aims to transform the lives of vulnerable children by recruiting and developing outstanding individuals to be leaders in social work and broader society.

We’ll be recruiting around 100 exceptional graduates and career changers to join The Frontline Academy - our two-year graduate programme funded primarily by the Department for Education. Recruits will work as frontline social workers in Greater London and Greater Manchester child protection teams.

The Programme 

Summer 2014: Intensive five-week residential training

Year 1: In September 2014 you’ll start in a Local Authority working with the most vulnerable children and families under the guidance of an experienced social worker. You’ll work with three other Frontline participants whilst training and complete three additional contrasting placements in relevant settings.

Year 2: You’ll be qualified as a social worker with responsibility for cases.  At the same time you will continue Frontline’s Leadership Development Programme and work towards a Master’s degree.

Continuing the journey: Continue to lead cases in child protection social work; Use the networks you’ve developed to explore other areas of social work in society; Work in the charity sector; Use your skills internationally, Play an important role in policy making with the Civil Service. Move into public sector consultancy or even the corporate sector.  The possibilities are endless…


Recruitment Process

The recruitment process gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your potential for the Frontline programme. You will first complete an online competency based application form, followed by a verbal reasoning test. If successful you will be invited to a Frontline assessment centre where you will participate in various exercises throughout the day. These exercises will consist of a group exercise, role plays, meeting with young people, written exercise and one to one interview. The assessment centre will give you the opportunity to experience real situations that a social worker could encounter on a day to day basis.


Frontline are looking for individuals who have:

Children’s social workers must be highly competent in a range of areas.  At Frontline we're keen to recruit graduate and career changers who are determined and able to show potential to develop their ability and skills in these areas. Our participants must be confident in the following areas:

  • Working with People – it’s really important that you are able to build strong connections and understand the different people that you work with.
  • Leading with Sound Judgement – As a social workers, you will have to get the heart of the matter, lead the way in different cases and manage the intensive caseload.
  • Commitment to Social work – You need to be committed to the programme and people that you work with as well as reflecting on your own performance.  Finally it’s about never giving up.

Application requirements:

  • A range of experiences which could be from volunteering, employment, extra-curricular activities or working with young people
  • 2.1 in your first undergraduate degree, 300+ UCAS points, Grace C or above in GCSE Maths and English and a belief that you can change lives and lives can be changed

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