Frontline – a practice-based route into social work

Frontline’s mission is “to transform the lives of vulnerable children by recruiting ad developing outstanding individuals to be leaders in social work and broader society.”

The founder and chief executive of Frontline, Josh Macalister, was a teacher working in challenging schools in Greater Manchester.  Through his experiences working with vulnerable children he was inspired to develop the idea for Frontline.  The idea was picked up by Lord Andrew Adonis, who encouraged Josh to take the idea and turn it into a reality.

Frontline combines an innovative curriculum 5-week Summer Institute, 12 months supervised on-the-job training and leadership development programme.

In your first year you will work towards a Postgrduate Diploma in Social Work which will be awarded at the end of the year subject to meeting all the requirements.  As a newly qualified social worker you will have the oportunity to study for a Master’s degree and obtain this on completion of Year 2.

Frontline applications are now open:  applications will close on 21 November, but early applications are advised.

Visit to find out more and apply online, and follow the Frontline blog which includes useful advice for prospective applicants including:

  • Expert advice on making your application from the Frontline recruitment team
  • Top tips on completing the online Verbal Reasoning Test.




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