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Evaluation of the Firstline Leadership Programme: Evaluation report

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherThe Department for Education
Commissioning bodyDfE Department for Education
Number of pages124
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-83870-258-8
Published20 May 2021

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Abstract

This report presents findings of the evaluation of the Firstline Programme, which is run by the Frontline organisation. This programme received funding through Round 2 of the Department for Education’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme (Innovation Programme hereafter). A prototype of the programme received funding in Round 1; findings of that evaluation can be found in Holmes et al. (2017). The Firstline programme is available nationally to team managers and those who manage social workers in children’s social care services in English local authorities. To be eligible for the programme a Firstline leader will manage social workers and can work within any part of the social work system (for example, from assessment, permanence or child protection teams). Following a selection process, attendees (known as Firstline Leaders, FLLs) are offered a place on the programme. The programme is delivered over 10 months in residentials and FLLs’ workplaces. It comprises several theoretical and practice elements and features a combination of cohort teaching, small group practice, individual goal setting and learning, assisted by individual and group coaching sessions, and self-study.

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