Strategies for improving workforce retention, including improved working conditions, reduced caseloads, enhanced training, professional growth and career development, improved supervision, and clearer job expectations, are described in the resources below.
Capturing Promising Practices in Recruitment and Retention of Frontline Youth Workers
National Collaboration for Youth (2006)
Provide examples of promising practices used at local organizations to recruit and retain staff who work directly with youth.
Cost Effectiveness of an Integrated Service Delivery Model as Measured by Worker Retention
Barbee & Antle
Children and Youth Services Review, 33(9), 2011
Examines the impact of location and service integration on perceptions of child welfare worker stress and turnover. The study also discusses implications of the findings.
Mixed Methods for Implementation Research: Application to Evidence-Based Practice Implementation and Staff Turnover in Community-Based Organizations Providing Child Welfare Services
Aarons, Fettes, Sommerfeld, & Palinkas
Child Maltreatment, 17(1), 2012
Provides an applied example of an examination of factors impacting staff retention during an evidence-based intervention implementation in a statewide child welfare system.
Recruiting and Retaining Children and Families' Social Workers: The Potential of Work Discussion Groups
Warman & Jackson
Journal of Social Work Practice, 21(1), 2007
Draws on the experience and evaluation of one particular model of supervision-work discussion groups-and explores its impact with residential social work staff and teachers as well as the potential for further developments of this kind.
Positioning Public Child Welfare Guidance
Presents a sample workforce plan that contains five components that define the context, characteristics, and capacities of the workforceâ€”both program and administrative support staff.
Workforce and Leadership Resource Summary #20: Trauma-Informed Systems(PDF - 159 KB)
National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (2011)
Presents an overview of the literature on secondary traumatic stress (STS) in the child welfare workforce, identifies common sources and symptoms of STS, and offers suggestions for workers and agencies to help prevent and address it.