SOCIAL workers in Warrington are helping to support the most vulnerable children and families in the region thanks to new training.

Participants on the Frontline programme, the largest social work training programme in the country, have been placed in child protection teams across the north west following a five-week course.

Of the 393 participants, the north west has welcomed 69 trainees, with 10 being placed in Warrington to help those who need it most.

Now, Frontline want to encourage more people across the borough to join them.

Josh MacAlister, Frontline’s chief executive said: "Children and families, often on the fringes of society, rely on social workers to stand alongside them during their most difficult moments.

"We need more outstanding individuals joining the profession to support vulnerable children and families up and down the country.

"Social work has the power to change lives and we’re looking forward to developing more social workers across the north west to help give every child a safe and stable home."

Kemi Badenoch, children and families minister added: "Social workers do one of the most challenging jobs in society, supporting the most vulnerable children in the country.

"There are more social workers than ever, but we want to keep recruiting and retaining the best, from graduates to career changers, which is why we have invested more than £1.2 billion since 2010 in supporting a range of routes into the profession, including fast-track schemes like Frontline.

"Frontline plays a key role in boosting the profile of rewarding careers in social work all over England, joining a talented workforce that provides support for children and families in the north west who need it the most."