A member of the royal family, Princess Beatrice spent time trying her hand at child protection social work as part of World Social Work Day (17 March). The charity Frontline organised the shadowing to help highlight the importance of social work.
Former Home Secretary and author Alan Johnson, Princess Beatrice of Big Change, Credit Suisse’s Nick Wilcock and former gang-member-turned-poet Karl Lokko each visited local authorities in London to learn more about how social workers support some of society’s most vulnerable children and families.
Frontline runs a pioneering two-year leadership programme bringing high potential graduates into social work with a mission to develop outstanding leaders in the field. Each ‘shadower’ spent time with Frontline participants as well as experienced social workers.
Frontline is positioning social work as a career of choice for top graduates, receiving 15 applications for every place with 128 starting the programme this summer. Frontline will grow by 50% in 2016 meaning expansion into a new region, and has secured cross-party support ahead of the general election.
Beatrice York, Trustee at Big Change:
“At Big Change we are committed to supporting high-impact social projects like Frontline. Today’s opportunity allowed me to see first-hand the incredible work that social workers are doing every day.”
Princess Beatrice saw the harsh reality of child protection work when she attended case meetings and met a boy taken into foster care.
The co-founder of the charitable trust Big Change, which helps projects improving young people’s lives, said the staff were “unsung heroes, often invisible to the rest of us”. Read the rest of article here
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