Frontline receives £1.8m grant to develop scheme for first line managers

The money from the Department for Education innovation fund will be used to design a leadership development programme.

Social work graduate scheme Frontline has been granted £1.8m from the Department for Education (DfE)’s innovation fund to develop a training scheme for first line managers.

‘Leadership development’

The controversial programme fast tracks graduates into social work practice after five weeks’ classroom-based training.

Frontline will use the DfE grant over the next 18 months to design a leadership development programme called Firstline for social work managers.

The programme will aim to teach managers how to observe and give feedback on practice.

Mary Jackson, head of project support at Morning Lane Associates, has been appointed director of Firstline. Morning Lane Associates is a social work consultancy originally set up by chief social worker Isabelle Trowler and her partner Steve Goodman after they developed the successful “Hackney model” of social work.

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