Firstline is an innovative new development programme that seeks to transform the lives of vulnerable children by helping to develop first line social work managers.
Firstline’s goal is to support existing managers who demonstrate real potential, enabling them to become outstanding leaders in children’s social work and broader society.

First line managers are the engines for transformational practice in social work. Supporting this influential group of professionals to reach their potential could have a profound effect on the way social work is delivered, helping to improve the lives of children and families across the country.

About Us

The Firstline programme is based on extensive research into what constitutes an excellent practice leader in children’s social work settings.


How does Firstline relate to Frontline? What local authorities will be participating? Find the answers to these questions, and more here.

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