Frontline, which runs the largest social work training programme in the country, is reopening applications for its 2020 Leadership Development Programme. The charity is calling for people in the Midlands to apply to become social workers and transform the lives of the most vulnerable children and families in this region. 

Frontline has partnered with councils in the Midlands who are in great need of social workers, with 80 participants from the 2019 Cohort currently working across 11 of the region’s local authorities, including Derbyshire, Nottingham and Wolverhampton. With over 14,000 looked-after children in the region and more than 50% of children in the region living in poverty, there is an urgent need for more life changing professionals. Due to increased demand, applications are now open for a limited time only for additional participants to join Frontline’s 2020 Cohort. 

Already bringing almost 1,400 people into the profession, Frontline’s increasing influence represents an excellent opportunity for the country’s next generation of social workers to continue to make a difference to those most in need. 

Ash Silverstone, Frontline participant in Wolverhampton, said: “In Wolverhampton, like a lot of other authorities, we are seeing an increase in gang related violence and the effect that’s having on the local community. There are also cultural and economic challenges within areas of the city. I love being a social worker because no two days are the same; what comes through the door is so varied. Sometimes our interventions are short and brief, and sometimes we work with families for longer periods. When you walk away from a successful case you know that these children now have the opportunity to move on and improve, grow and flourish.

“It’s my belief that the Frontline programme is helping to rewrite that social work script, and help families understand that social care intervention isn’t necessarily a bad thing”.