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£45m Funding Boost To Train Children's Social Workers

January 11, 2019 | matt

On Tuesday, the government announced plans to fund 900 children's social work trainees through Frontline’s social work training program over the next 3 years.

Frontline is a social work charity dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children by recruiting and developing outstanding individuals to be leaders in social work and the wider society.  The charity has secured £45m in funding to be used for growing and developing trainees within the social work profession. 

This announcement coincides with Frontlines own commissioned research, which has revealed that 44% of adults aged 18 – 34 are considering a change of career this year.  Since 2013, Frontline has added 1000 people to its program and they aren’t stopping there.  The charity continues it’s search for new recruits and all trainees will benefit from generous bursaries of up to £20,000.

Josh MacAlister, Frontline’s founder and chief executive:

“Every child deserves a safe and stable home. Today’s announcement means that Frontline can develop even more outstanding social workers to stand alongside those children and families who need them the most. This year there has never been a better time to get into social work, with applications still open to join the Frontline programme for 2019”.

The social work charity, which has cross-party support, estimate that by September 2020 their trainees will have worked with 100,000 families through their programmes.  Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:

“Social workers are heroes, often unsung, of our society – working on the frontline to offer care and support to some of the most vulnerable children and families in the country. Children’s social care is only as good as the people who deliver it, which is why we want to recruit, retain and develop the best social workers, so they can continue to offer the much needed lifeline to those who need it most. That’s why the Government is supporting Frontline with £45 million to continue their work in attracting and training bright graduates and career changers, who aspire for a rewarding career as a social worker.”

Initiatives like this will go towards addressing the crisis facing children’s social care, with an estimated funding gap of £3.1billion by 2025 just to maintain current levels of service.  Phil Williamson, Family Care co-owner had this to say:

“Social work is so important to the industry and makes a massive difference to those who need it most. We are immensely proud of our social work team at Family Care who go the extra mile and above and beyond the call of duty for our fostering families. Any news to improve the number and quality of social workers is always welcomed by us". 

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