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.
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.
Jackson said: “Developing the leadership skills of first-line practice managers is crucial to ensuring frontline social workers are equipped with the tools and support to enable them to transform the lives of vulnerable children and families.
“I look forward to leading the Firstline prototype to explore how to better support social work managers and benefit the profession.”
He said the aim was to make the diagnostic tools, curriculum and other materials the programme generated widely available to lift standards right across the social work profession.