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Firstline publishes new report on what makes great social work leadership

Firstline to train managers in children's social care

Frontline received £1.8M grant to develop scheme for first line managers

Frontline for managers' gets backing

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Leadership in social work: can Firstline be a force for change?

(Tuesday 15 March 2016)

Guardian Social Care: A programme addressing a perceived lack of skilled senior managers aims to deliver leaders

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Best team leaders can beat organisational problems and deliver great social work, finds report
 
(Wednesday 24 February 2016)
 
Community Care: Study finds oustanding managers can 'energise' social workers even when organisational and external conditions are working against them.

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Firstline publishes report on what makes great social work leadership 's social care

(Monday 11 January 2016)

Firstline has today published a new report looking in detail at what makes great social work leadership. The research has been crucial in helping to inform the content and structure of the Firstline prototype programme. In the Foreword to the report, Baroness Morgan, Chair of Firstline Subcommittee, and Mary Jackson, Programme Director, set out the importance of developing outstanding first line managers can who can improve social work practice and transform children’s lives. The report then goes on to explore what ‘outstanding social work’ looks like in practice, looking in detail at both individual capabilities and how the context in which managers are working can affect behaviour.

Perhaps unsurprisingly for people familiar with children’s social work, the research confirmed that the first line manager role is both vitally important and extremely challenging. However, it also found that outstanding first line leaders are able to create an energising climate for their teams that enables high performance, even when broader systemic conditions are challenging. It is this finding that is at the heart of the Firstline programme, along with the equally important insight that outstanding first line leaders can also positively influence the broader systemic conditions.

Read more about the findings and their implications for the Firstline prototype in the full report, available here. The report appendices are also available here.



Firstline to train managers in children's social care

(Thursday 29 January 2015)

Guardian Social Care: Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson MP writes on his experience meeting Frontline participants and the government's innovation programme, including funding for the Firstline prototype.

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Frontline received £1.8M grant to develop scheme for First Line managers

(Friday 30 January 2015)

Community Care: The money from the Department for Education innovation fund will be used to design a leadership development programme.

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Frontline for managers' gets backing

(Tuesday 17 February 2015)

Community Care: The money from the Department for Education innovation fund will be used to design a leadership development programme.

Read the full article here
 



Social Work News

Lack of support took emotional toll on social workers in child exploitation case

 
(Thursday 7 April 2016)
 
Community Care: A serious case review into Operation Brooke found social workers suffered an "immense personal and emotional cost".

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Frontline students have 'significantly higher' practice skills than others, evaluation finds

 
(Thursday 24 March 2016)
 
Community Care: The evaluation couldn't identify whether the results of the practice assessments for students were due to the training or the highly selective nature of the programme.

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Be careful what you measure in child protection because it influences practice
 
(Tuesday 8 March 2016)
 
Community Care: The current system of measuring success is flawed, argues Dr Rick Hood, senior lecturer in social work at Kingston University and St George's.

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Motivational interviewing: "Now I listen more before jumping in with a possible solution"
 
(Tuesday 9 February 2016)
 
Community Care: Ted Daszkiewicz explains how Merton social workers are learning techniques for genuine partnership working with young people and families.

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Getting the right support for families is vital

(Tuesday 15 December 2015)
 
Guardian Social Care: At Barnardo’s, children will always come first. When we hear of children who are being let down, as they’re not getting the help they need and are entitled to, it’s a big concern to us.

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We need more outstanding social workers across the country
 
(Thursday 14 January 2016)
 
Huffington Post: Today the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, announced further funding for the Frontline programme. As Chief Executive of Frontline - an independent charity which recruits and develops children's social workers - I'm delighted that the government has confirmed its support for the expansion of the programme across the country.

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Social worker of the year shows profession's value in forensic mental health service
 
(Thursday 7 January 2016)
 
Community Care: Helen Pye was crowned 2015 Mental Health Social Worker of the Year and Overall Social Worker of the Year for her 'crucial' role in championing the contribution of social work in a health environment

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Dissatisfaction with management and career prompts three in five social workers to look for new job
 
(Thursday 7 January 2016)
 
Community Care: A survey has found more than a quarter would prefer a clear career progession route to a 3% pay rise.

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BASW chief executive Bridget Robb to retire

(Wednesday 24 September 2015)

Community Care: Bridget Robb has announced that she will step down from her role as chief executive of BASW at the association's AGM in 2016.

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