At least half a million children in England don’t have a safe or stable home. 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.
That’s why Frontline recruits and develops outstanding individuals to be social workers and leaders to transform the lives of the most vulnerable children and families.
Frontline’s two-year leadership development programme offers an exciting new route into one of Britain’s most challenging and rewarding professions: child protection social work. You will work with children, families, schools, courts and the police.
As a social worker, you’re putting yourself forward to lead positive change in society. You’ll work directly with children and families, and local authorities such as the police, courts, schools.
Not only will you help transform the lives of vulnerable children and families, you’ll help transform your own. By developing a range of invaluable skills including relationship-building, conflict resolution and leadership, the Frontline programme will strengthen qualities such as dedication and resilience you didn’t even know you had.
Frontline’s recruitment process is award winning
Frontline’s recruitment process is award winning
In 2016, Frontline won the AGR Recruitment Strategy award and we have been shortlisted for a number of awards since then. We pride ourselves on our inclusive approach to finding people who have the potential to become outstanding social workers.
Participants on the Leadership Development programme come from all walks of life; 10% of applicants told us they had a disability, around 40% of applicants are career changers and around 25% identify as being black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME).
The communities served by social workers are diverse and we actively seek applications for candidates from all backgrounds. If you have the passion to change the lives of young people across the UK we want to hear from you.
Alongside our Leadership Development programme there are a range of ways to get involved with Frontline. We offer a number of different opportunities for university students, graduates and those considering a career change.
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Undergraduate Taster Days
Our insights are the perfect opportunity to learn more about our programme, hear from qualified social workers and meet with our recruitment team. We’ve designed diversity insights to tackle under representation and attract a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. Our undergraduate taster days are for students who want to deepen their understanding of social work as they start thinking about what career path to pursue.
Our internships are just the thing if you would like to get an insight into working in a third sector organisation. Our student internship for penultimate year students is great if you are passionate about the work we do and have an interest in social work. We also offer six-month graduate internships within our recruitment team, offering a unique opportunity to launch your career after you graduate. You’ll gain valuable experience by taking on important responsibilities and contributing directly to achieve our mission as a vital part of our award-winning recruitment team.
Our Brand Managers play a key role in raising awareness of Frontline on campus by engaging the wider student body with our mission and supporting at key events, whilst developing valuable skills for your future. You will build your professional experience in a flexible part-time paid job that will fit around your study.
FROM BRAND MANAGER TO TRAINEE SOCIAL WORKER
“I am one of those people who went to university hoping that one day I’d have an epiphany about my career path. Flash forward four years and I found myself graduating, knowing where I want to go and feeling inspired about my future career in social work. This all began when I met a Frontline Brand Manager so when the opportunity came up to be one myself I snapped it up without a second thought! The best thing about the role was that I sold the Frontline programme to myself. I felt as though I already had a head start for the application process and the assessment centre in particular gave me insight into what life as a social worker will be like: working in a team, forming meaningful connections with people and, most importantly, trying to make a difference to those that need it most.” – Nick, 2016 cohort.
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Two year leadership development programme
Our two-year Leadership Development programme offers outstanding graduates and career changers an exciting new route into one of Britain’s toughest and most rewarding professions. We prioritise hands-on experience through practice-based learning, and you will benefit from intensive practical and academic training tailored to your needs, as one of a new generation of children’s social workers.
The Frontline recruitment and selection process is competency based and aims to assess candidates’ suitability for training to become child protection social workers. The competencies we are looking for you to demonstrate can be found on our website, along with a detailed description of the stages in the selection process.
We are able to make a number of adjustments at all stages of the application process to support applications from candidates with disabilities. Details of how we can support candidates with special requirements at these stages can be found in the next section ‘Disability Support’. If you have any further questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Recruitment team on email@example.com.
Please see below for some advice and guidance from our recruitment team about the difference stages of the application process:
Verbal Reasoning and Situational Judgement test
Please note, personal information, such as disability requirements, is not visible to assessors to ensure a fair process.
As part of the application process, we ask candidates if they identify as having a disability. We encourage you to be honest and specific about this; we use this information to help us to make appropriately adjustments to stages of the recruitment process. Some of the adjustments we can offer include:
If you have any further queries or would like to discuss your individual circumstances, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will be able to call you about your requirements. We consider all requests on a case-by-case basis and are always striving to improve our approach to inclusivity.
This varies as participants on the Frontline Leadership Development Programme are not employed by the charity but work in a local authority for the two years on the programme.
Support will be tailored to the individual needs and we work very closely with our Local Authority partnerships to ensure we are providing the best possible support to allow participants to be successful in role.
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