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Frontline training scheme poses a threat to social work education

Oct 16, 2018 by

Government should halt £50m tender to extend the fast-track children’s social work training programme

A recent Society Guardian piece suggested social work academics and the Frontline fast-track training scheme should end their “feud”. This distracts from important questions about what Frontline means for the future of social work education and practice.

Frontline is seen by the academic community as a significant threat to the traditional model of university-based generic social work education and training, which prepares practitioners to work with children and adults.

This May, organisations representing social work wrote to the children’s minister, Nadhim Zahawi, urging the government to suspend the £50m tender for a two-year extension of fast-track children’s social work training, pending an impact assessment and a consultation with interested parties.

The letter raised a number of concerns. It queried the appropriateness of spending £50m of public funds without a proper assessment of the programme’s value for money, or before the outcome of an evaluation of its impact on social work recruitment and retention rates.

Source: Frontline training scheme poses a threat to social work education | Society | The Guardian

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