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Support to front line managers

Developing skilled and confident front line social work managers


Our Support to Front Line Managers (SFLM) project continues into 2011/12. The aim is to continue to support employers to develop skilled and confident front line social work managers. The project has the central premise that leadership at all levels is essential to continue driving improvements in public sector organisations.

New support available in 2011/12

Throughout 2011/12 we are providing a range of new support for front line managers. It will help them continue to develop and improve their leadership, management and supervisory skills. Support includes:

What is it for?

The project includes a range of support and training opportunities which is available to local authorities across England. All local authorities and those voluntary organisations already delivering our NQSW or EPD programmes can take advantage of the supervision training available for front line managers.

Munro and the Social Work Reform Board

The Munro Review and the Social Work Reform Board both emphasised the importance of skilled and confident front line managers in terms of their essential contribution to practice. The need for better access to training and development support in professional supervision was recognised by the Social Work Reform Board. This project supports recommendations made in the Munro Review and by the Social Work Reform Board.

Project history

Work on the SFLM project commenced in 2009. By March 2011 it had helped 86 local authorities to develop and pilot a range of approaches to support and develop aspiring, new in post and experienced team managers. The information and resources arising from this activity will be available soon in an online resource for supporting managers.  

If you would like more information about this project or have a query please contact us.

Page updated: 2 November 2011

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