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Frontline: Improving the children's social work profession

This paper argues that a graduate fast-track programme, drawing on the success of the Teach First scheme, could help to address the problems facing the children's social work profession. Frontline would help to attract the best people into one of Britain's toughest professions, and in the long term create a movement of leaders to challenge social disadvantage.

Despite the importance of an effective workforce, social work has struggled to recruit and train enough high-calibre staff, it has suffered from a perception of low prestige, and it has been criticised for offering degree courses that provide inadequate training. This paper makes a case for change to the profession and the government. 

Author(s): Josh MacAlister, with Lucy Crehan and Annika Olsen

Other Publishers: Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)

Production date: 2012

How to obtain: Download Frontline: Improving the children's social work profession.

Communities: Careers Advice and Guidance

Audiences: Careers practitioners

Format: Web



Tags: graduate employment social work

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