Community Care has found evidence that many social workers share my doubts about Frontline, the scheme to fast-track ‘high-flying’ graduates into social work.
Apparently almost 80% of those surveyed did not believe the
scheme would address current staffing issues.
I think Frontline is the wrong scheme aimed at the wrong issue. One of the respondents is quoted as saying:
“ We don’t need high flyers,
we need emotionally intelligent workers. They are tackling the issue
from the wrong angle.”
That is spot on.
And I believe that the real issue is not recruitment so much as retention, an issue that Frontline does nothing to address.