Document Category: Retention

Learning, Leading, Changing: Advancing Workplace Equity

This learning exchange, held on April 19, 2022, focused on how participants can advance workplace equity in child welfare. Panelists explored research on experiences of workplace discrimination in child welfare and discuss strategies for university and agency partners to build towards more equitable workplaces. The panel discussion was followed by a small group peer-to-peer exchange …

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Healing Guidebook

This guidebook provides practical tips & tools for working with children and youth who have experienced trauma (and for the adults who love them, too).

Calculating Turnover

In this video, Megan Paul, QIC-WD Workforce Team Lead, discusses how to calculate turnover in a child welfare agency.

Preventing Early Departures Among the Child Welfare Workforce: NCWWI 1-page Summary

Early caseworker departures can have far-reaching consequences for agencies, leaving families feeling uncertain and wasting hiring and training resources. This study looked at workers who departed within six months of hire and those who continued with their employment. Significant factors for early departures included worker characteristics and organizational factors.

Recruitment and Retention of Child Welfare Workers in Longitudinal Research

A longitudinal panel study that recruits workers at hire and follows them over time provides an opportunity to empirically examine the contributors of turnover and retention. Longitudinal studies encounter several obstacles that threaten the validity of findings. Foremost, high, disproportionate participant attrition rates can lead to differences between targeted populations and sampled populations, and these …

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Satisfactions and Stressors Experienced by Recently-hired Frontline Child Welfare Workers

Many child welfare workers choose their positions due to their interest and commitment in protecting children and derive a sense of satisfaction from their work and serving children and families. However, child welfare workers commonly experience stress and burnout. High rates of turnover for child welfare workers occur within the first few years of hire …

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