Virtual Workforce Supports

NCWWI develops and hosts workforce development resources for child welfare practitioners, supervisors, managers, leaders, students, faculty, researchers, policymakers and other professionals. The Virtual Workforce Supports listed below have been collated into a NCWWI special collection for ease of use.

2 webinar Supporting the Virtual Workforce Webinar Series
This six-part series of 75-minute webinars provides a platform for child welfare colleagues to exchange ideas, innovations, and resources for supporting a workforce that has now become virtual. Individual Sessions: (1) Virtual Supervision; (2) Workforce Well-being; (3) Physical, Emotional, and Psychological Safety; (4) Converting Classroom Training from In-person to Online; (5) Remote Coaching; and (6) Using Social Media and Technology to Engage Children, Youth, and Families .

2 webinar Facilitating Video Conferences and Webinars
This tool provides a checklist and guidance for facilitating video conferences and webinars. 

2 webinar Guidance on Using Videoconferences for Caseworker Visits
This manual provides guidance on how video conferencing between a child in foster care and his/her caseworker can meet the Federal statutory provisions for monthly visits during a pandemic.

2 webinar Letter Supporting Caseworkers as Level 1 Responders
This letter from the Children’s Bureau asks state government leadership to have child welfare workers and services providers classified as Level 1 emergency responders.

2 webinar Safety Assessment and Planning During COVID-19 and Physical Distancing  
This document describes ideas from the NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC) for how to conduct safety assessment and planning while maintaining physical distancing as required during the COVID-19 crisis.

2 webinar Supervision During Physical Distancing: Tools and Guidance
This document provides guidance for supervising during physical distancing, including how to prepare for supervision, what to do during the meeting, and afterwards.

2 webinar Telework in Child Welfare
This research summary explores the common elements of telework programs that agencies should be aware of, the best practices for telework in child welfare, and examples of state telework agreements and other relevant employee policies.

2 webinarTelework Application Self-Assessment
This self-assessment from Washington State can be used by workers and supervisors to assess an individual’s readiness for telework.

2 webinarTelework Program Handbook
This handbook provides policies and procedures used by Washington State to operationalize their telework program.

2 webinar Tip Sheet: Productively Working From Home
This tip sheet provide examples of strategies for productively working from home.

2 webinar Using Telework to Strengthen the Child Welfare Workforce
This video describes how Washington State is using telework to strengthen their workforce through a project with the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development.

2 webinar Virtual Meetings in Child Welfare
This  research summary explores the current technology that is available and robust enough to host engaging and dynamic virtual meetings and the practices that child welfare agencies should consider when hosting virtual meetings and events.

2 webinar Virtually Supervising Child Welfare Professionals During a Pandemic
During the pandemic crisis, supervisors must consistently engage their staff and assess caseworker needs and the needs of families served by the child welfare system. These strategies help support staff, encourage team cohesion, and ensure important work continues.