The Social Work Leadership Pathways programme, or Pathways programme, is a national practice leadership development programme for social workers, created by social work charity Frontline, funded by the Department for Education and delivered in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council and What Works for Children’s Social Care.
The Pathways programme consists of multiple bespoke pathways for four levels of social worker role.
- Practice supervisors
- Middle managers
- Heads of service
- Practice leaders
Throughout their pathway, leaders participate in a range of evidence-informed learning experiences that will develop their individual leadership skills to impact on team development and wider system change.
The pathways for each level of leadership include:
- 360 leadership diagnostics
- 1:1 leadership development coaching
- Residential modules to immerse leaders in the learning experience
- Self-directed study on a purpose-built learning management system
- Online workshops
- Deliberate practice sessions led by leadership development advisor (Pathway 2)
- Peer-led deliberate practice sessions (Pathways 3 and 4)
- Experiential visits (Pathway 3) and Ofsted shadowing opportunities (Pathway 4)