Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Frontline is unconvincing

I am quite unconvinced by Frontline, the scheme the Government has dreamed up to try to improve recruitment to child protection social work.

The Minister is reported to be buoyant at the numbers signing up for Frontline, but I believe the acid test is not the initial recruitment but the medium-to-long-term retention.

Without serious thinking about how people can be sustained for year after year doing what is often an unrewarding, unpopular and usually highly stressful job, schemes will come and go, as will recruits.