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, empowering families, whilst studying for fully-funded qualifications.
Following a five-week residential training programme, you will spend two years working in a local authority, where you will start your career in social work.
The first year qualifies you as a social worker through direct work with children and families. In the second year you will work as a newly qualified social worker whilst completing a fully-funded masters.
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; around 40% of applicants are career changers, around 25% identify as being black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) and 10% of applicants told us they had a disability. 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.
Find available internships
Campus Brand Managers
We are looking to hire 60 passionate, independent and creative students to be Frontline brand managers at university campuses all over the UK. You will help us raise Frontline’s profile, create awareness of our mission to transform the lives of vulnerable children and families through social work and recruit outstanding individuals for the Frontline Leadership Development Programme.
This is an exciting and highly rewarding opportunity for you to be an ambassador for the Frontline charity, engage the wider student body with our mission and receive training from our award-winning recruitment team. As part of this role you’ll have flexible working hours and it’ll be a great way to develop transferable skills if you have an interest in marketing, public relations, event management, human resources or recruitment, or if you want to support Frontline’s work.
Four week student internship
Every summer we offer penultimate year students the opportunity to be part of Frontline’s London office team for a four-week internship. By joining our team, you will make valuable contributions that will help us in our mission to transform the lives of vulnerable children in the UK. We are also committed to helping you develop a range of transferable skills that will help you succeed in your future career. Throughout the internship, our team will support you to give you exposure to different experiences and improve your employability.
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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.
Following a five-week residential training programme, you will spend two years working in a local authority children’s services department, where you will start your career in social work.
You’ll work directly with children, families, schools, courts and the police, to empower families to achieve positive change. You’ll see a real difference in yourself too, as you develop a whole range of invaluable and transferable skills including leadership, relationship-building and conflict resolution.
The first year qualifies you as a social worker through direct work with children and families. In the second year you will work as a newly qualified social worker responsible for your own caseload, and will complete a fully funded master’s qualification.
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.
Our website also provides some useful hints of how to write your application and tips for preparing for an assessment centre. We are able to make a number of adjustments at all stages of the application process to support applications from candidates with disabilities. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Recruitment team on email@example.com.
The first stage in the assessment process is an online situational judgement test. This test consists of a number of questions that test how you might react in situations faced by social workers. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have specific social work experience to succeed at this stage and it isn’t timed.
Next, your application form is screened by an experienced assessor. Personal information, such as disability requirements, is not visible to assessors to ensure a fair process. Successful candidates are then invited to submit a short video interview and to attend an assessment centre. Details of how we can support candidates with special requirements at these stages can be found in the next section.
Throughout the application process, we encourage you to draw on your personal and professional experiences. Additionally, you should focus on the skills you gained from these experiences and think about how these skills might link to the role of a social worker. Be specific about your contributions in group activities and try to use the word ‘I’ rather than ‘we’.
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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