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Get on Front foot for career in children's social work

Talented graduates who are thinking of changing career and becoming a children's social worker are being encouraged to sign up for a unique programme supported by the City of Wolverhampton Council.

Embarking on a career in social work with the City of Wolverhampton Council are Rob Whatton, Satvir Panesar, Natalia Rawlings and Megan Rimmer pictured with Frontline practice tutor Angela Walker and Consultant Social Worker Leanne Broxton
Embarking on a career in social work

The council has partnered with Frontline to offer placements to participants who wish to complete a Masters in social work. Successful candidates spend 2 years learning on the job and working within one of the country's most challenging and rewarding professions.

This year's Frontline cohort - Megan Rimmer, Natalia Rawlings, Satvir Panesar and Robert Whatton - joined the council last month, and are already working towards a qualification while undertaking direct work with service users.

Applications are now being taken for next year's programme, and would-be participants are being encouraged to find out more by visiting the Frontline website. The deadline for applications is 20 November, 2017.

Councillor Val Gibson, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "We are delighted to be working with Frontline on this important programme, which is pioneering a new approach to bringing talented individuals into the social work profession.

"Megan, Natalia, Satvir and Robert are settling into their roles well, and enjoying the on the job training which will ensure they feel confident in what is a very challenging role. Their hard work will also help us further improve the already high standard of children's social work practice in Wolverhampton.

"I would encourage any talented graduates who have ever thought about a career in children's social work with the City of Wolverhampton Council to seriously consider the Frontline programme, and complete their application before the deadline of 20 November."

Candidates should be committed to working with children and families, be motivated and resilient, and also show leadership qualities. They must have grade C or above in Maths and English and either a First or 2:1 in any undergraduate degree, except for social work.

The assessment process includes an online application including competency based questions, followed by online tests of verbal reasoning and situational judgement and a video interview. Finally, candidates will attend an assessment centre where they will take part in a number of activities.

To find out more, please visit Frontline.

  • released: Wednesday 18 October, 2017