Funding pledge to train more social workers

An extra 900 children’s social worker roles will be created over the next two years after the Department of Education (DoE) pledged £45m to training programmes.

Trainees will join graduate recruiter Frontline, which has trained 1,000 people since 2013 and is in the process of taking on its ‘largest ever’ cohort of 452 people. Individuals will benefit from bursaries of up to £20,000, the DoE said.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds (pictured) said: ‘Children’s social care is only as good as the people who deliver it, which is why we want to recruit, retain and develop the best social workers.

‘The government is supporting Frontline to continue their work in attracting and training bright graduates and career changers, who aspire for a rewarding career as a social worker.’