Jo Ritchie Wins Frontline Award for Innovation 2024!

Frontline Awards 2024

Jo Ritchie won The Frontline Award for Innovation 2024 for supporting children and women at high risk of exploitation.


Last month, we sponsored The Frontline Award for Innovation to celebrate the life-changing achievements of social workers who support 700,000 children and their families every year.

For the first time ever, our Chief Executive, Chairman, and Chair of Grants attended the Frontline Awards ceremony in central London to recognise and champion innovation within social work.

Jo Ritchie was announced as this year’s winner for supporting children, young people, and women at the highest risk of exploitation.

Frontline Awards 2024
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Frontline Awards 2024
Image caption: Frontline Awards 2024

The Frontline Awards were established by social work charity Frontline in 2023 to highlight excellent practice, leadership, and innovation in children’s social work. We’re proud to sponsor this year’s Innovation Award which spotlights new initiatives that create safer and more stable homes for young people.

With a background in the non-profit sector, Jo has worked tirelessly to support young people and women who have experienced sexual exploitation. Jo has most recently partnered with Avon and Somerset Police to reach out to sex trafficking victims and protect young people at high risk of exploitation.

Shortlisted for the award was Jonny Hoyle for working on a project that uses artificial intelligence to reimagine case management. Kyrene Darko also made the shortlist for her Social Work Leaders podcast and The Social Work Mentor programme which offers expert advice and resources to aspiring leaders.

Final Shortlist for the Frontline Award for Innovation

All of the candidates shortlisted for The Frontline Award for Innovation 2024 have developed exciting new initiatives which have created lasting social change for children receiving support from social workers.

Innovation is one of our key values because we believe new approaches beyond the traditional education system are needed to have a positive impact on young people’s lives.

We’re always looking to support new initiatives for young people in London. You can find out more information about our eligibility criteria here.