Fast-track training scheme Frontline has been granted government support to expand into the north east, with a 50% increase in participant numbers next year.
Children’s minister Edward Timpson is set to announce the funding to train 40 new social workers in eight partner local authorities across the region, at an event tonight in Gateshead.
The authorities, including Newcastle, Sunderland and Redcar, will join Greater London and Greater Manchester in hosting trainee child protection social workers on a two year programme.
Timpson said he wanted to ensure social work was held in high regard and known for its high standards.
Frontline founder Josh MacAlister said: “We need more outstanding individuals joining the profession to support vulnerable children and families up and down the country.
“It is an exciting prospect that we will now be able to support an even greater number of families with our expansion to the north east.”
The programme’s expansion has been announced as the Department for Education launches a bid to train more than 2,000 children’s social workers on fast track schemes by 2021.
Academics and directors have raised concerns this could create a two-tier social work education system.