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Promoting Racial Equity Through Workforce and Organizational Actions Infographic

This infographic visually describes what racial equity is in child welfare, why we need to take action, and provides suggestions on how to get started.

Racial Equity Training: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document summarizes a study that examines participant knowledge and attitudes about race, engagement in racial equity work, and organizational progress on racial equity following participation in Undoing RacismTM Workshops. (2016)

Realistic Job Previews: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document summarizes the article “Realistic Job Previews in Child Welfare: State Of Innovation And Practice”, which discusses the development, utilization and effectiveness of Realistic Job Previews (RJPs) on the recruitment, selection, and retention of child welfare workers, based upon a review of 10 RJPs, interviews with human resources personnel and others, and outcome data related to one state’s RJP. (2009)

Recruitment & Retention: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document summarizes the article “In Search Of Innovation: A National Qualitative Analysis of Child Welfare Recruitment and Retention Efforts”, a national qualitative study that explores recruitment and retention strategies within state child welfare agencies and the perceived effectiveness of these strategies examines utilized and underutilized strategies that have been employed to help alleviate child welfare recruitment and retention challenges, and identifies six recruitment and retention strategies and methods of employing each strategy. (2010)

Resilience After Violence: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document summarizes the article, "Building a landscape of resilience after workplace violence in public child welfare." It provides an overview of the prevalence of workplace violence in child welfare, describes prevention strategies, suggests a framework for responding to violence, and applies the framework to an event that occurred in a public child welfare workplace. (2016)

Resilience and Burnout: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document summarizes a journal article that highlights retention and turnover issues in child welfare through a comprehensive literature review of 65 articles focusing on research addressing individual and organizational factors related to burnout and resilience in the child welfare workforce. (2015)

Respect & Worker Retention: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document summarizes the article “Respect in the Workplace: A Mixed Methods Study of Retention and Turnover in the Voluntary Child Welfare Sector”, which examines how perceptions of respect impact child welfare workers’ attitudes toward their jobs and results show workers who perceived greater respect at their jobs were less likely to think about leaving, as were older workers, while workers with a social work degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s) were 60% more likely to intend to leave. (2011)

Retention: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document highlights findings of a ten-year study examining the personal and organizational factors that impact length of employment and retention of child welfare caseworkers, and offers workplace interventions and strategies to move toward achieving a more stable workforce. (2016)

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Rural & Tribal Child Welfare Education: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This paper summarizes the article “Social Justice through the Education of Rural and Tribal Child Welfare Workforce,” which presents a study that explored needs of the child welfare workforce in rural and remote areas of California, and provides possible solutions and implications for improving rural workforce development and commitment to social justice, through education. (2011)

Secondary Traumatic Stress: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This paper summarizes the article, “Child Welfare Work & Secondary Traumatic Stress,” which overviews the literature on Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) in the child welfare workforce, identifying common sources and symptoms of STS and suggestions for workers and agencies to help prevent and address it. (2008)

Selection: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document summarizes the article “A Research-Based Child Welfare Employee Selection Protocol: Strengthening Retention of the Workforce”, which describes the development and initial implementation of a new employee selection protocol (ESP) for child welfare grounded in the results of recent large-scale employee retention studies and a set of research-based, minimally essential knowledge, skills, abilities, and values. (2009)

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Self-Care Music Playlists

Listening to music can relax the body and mind. Calming tones can slow your pulse and heart rate, and decrease levels of stress hormones. This document provides examples of Spotify and Apple Music playlists for self-care. 

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Self-Care Resources

This document provides a list of self-care resources provided by child welfare colleagues. (2019)

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Simulation Labs for Child Welfare Education and Training (1-page Summary)

This document provides an overview of developing a Simulation Lab, an innovative technique being utilized with newly-hired children's services social workers in the Los Angeles area. (2018)  

Social Media and Social Work Ethics: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This paper discusses the importance of developing risk management strategies and provides recommendations for the ethical use of social media for social workers. It addresses the need for social workers to stay focused on maintaining client privacy while simultaneously establishing and maintaining their professional and personal boundaries. It also highlights the development of comprehensive social media guidelines/policies and training that focuses on effectively preparing new social workers for the ethical challenges they will confront in the global world of social media. (2017)

Specialized Education & Training: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This paper summarizes the article “A Multivariate Analysis of Training, Education, And Readiness for Public Child Welfare Practice”, which discusses the results and implications of a large-scale study to measure job readiness of newly hired public child welfare workers. (2009)

Status Symbols and Employee Attitudes: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This paper summarizes a study hypothesizing that the physical setting of a workplace is a motivating force because it reflects status within an agency, which can affect employees’ work-related attitudes, including employee job satisfaction and perceived performance. Results indicated that satisfaction with status symbols in the workplace influenced job satisfaction and perceived performance, even after controlling for traditional motivational variables such as satisfaction with pay and supervisory support. (2017)

Strategic Planning: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document highlights the role of strategic planning in improving cross-sector partnerships in child welfare and identifies: 1) factors that contribute to successful partnerships; 2) effective processes for facilitating strategic planning around cross-sector partnerships; and 3) factors that promote effective planning efforts. (2016)

Supervision Meta-analysis: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This resource provides a meta-analysis of research articles regarding the impact of supervision on worker outcomes. (2009)

Supervision: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This 1-page summary outlines the results of a small, qualitative study aimed at determining supervisory effectiveness within a state child welfare system.

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Supportive Supervision: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This is a 1-page summary of an article that describes the collaborative process used to develop a strengths-based supervision training model to improve child welfare practice; and explores the development process, the training curriculum, and discusses implications gleaned from training evaluations. (2009)

Transfer of Learning: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This is a 1-page summary of an article that highlights the impact of different training methods on training transfer, including the benefits of post-training interventions.

Trust and Engagement: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document examines the association of an organization’s diversity practices with employee engagement and explores whether a trusting climate will provide a mechanism through which diversity practices can increase employees’ sense of engagement at work. (2016)

Turnover Intention Predictors: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This paper summarizes a meta-analysis of the existing literature on the turnover intentions of public child welfare caseworkers in the United States. Turnover intention was reflected by various measures of either intention to leave or intention to remain employed. Twenty-two studies were included in the final analyses involving the assessment of the effect sizes for 36 predictors, classified into demographic, work-related, work environment, and attitudes/perceptions categories. (2017)

University-agency Partnerships: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This is a 1-page summary of an article which provides four general strategies necessary for building and maintaining effective university-community social work collaborations. 

Using Data: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document highlights the findings of a study identifying the organizational factors that influence data use among child welfare employees in their day-to-day work and decision-making. (2016)

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Why the Workforce Matters Infographic

This infographic visually describes why the workforce matters. It includes information on the challenges of child welfare work, the cost of turnover and the benefits of reducing turnover, and a summary of workforce development efforts. (2016)

Worker Resilience: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document summarizes an article that weaves together quantitative and qualitative research to explore how social workers build and maintain resilience in an emotionally and mentally taxing field. (2017)

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Workforce Demographics & Job Satisfaction: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This paper summarizes article, “Child Welfare Worker Characteristics and Job Satisfaction: A National Study,” which discusses the results and implications of a study examining the relationship between worker characteristics and job satisfaction in a geographic context utilizing reviews literature and similar, smaller-scale studies that were previously conducted. (2008)
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