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Using programme theory to identify the key elements of the Frontline programme

Maxwell, Nina 2021. Using programme theory to identify the key elements of the Frontline programme. Social Work Education 10.1080/02615479.2021.1903415
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Using a programme theory approach, this paper aims to identify the key elements of the Frontline fast-track training scheme for social workers in children’s services in England. Programme logic is developed and refined based on findings from the pilot stage of the Frontline model regarding what was described as working well and what proved challenging. Fidings revealed an association between the recruitment of high calibre entrants and the training model where entrants possessed good analytical skills but little previous practical knowledge. The Consultant Social Worker was identified as a critical component, linking all other elements of the programme theory and overseeing the participant unit which emerged as the central mechanism enabling discussion, consideration of theory-practice transfer and reflection.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0261-5479
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 March 2021
Date of Acceptance: 10 March 2021
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2021 15:57

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