Resources in this section focus on tools that agencies can use to improve retention of child welfare workers.
Workforce Retention (PDF - 163 KB)
National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (2012)
Offers links to manuals, tools, and curriculum and training materials designed to increase retention in the child welfare workforce.
Developing Models of Effective Child Welfare Staff Recruitment and Retention Training: Training Series: Staff Retention in Child and Family Services
Anderson, McKenzie, Jackson, & McKenzie (2007)
Aims to increase child and family service agencies' effectiveness in developing and retaining their staff by applying information from research and best retention practices to their work. This series provides a workbook for each of the following subjects: the role of leaders in staff retention, the practice of retention-focused supervision, working with differences, communications skills, the first 6 months, and recruiting and selecting the right staff in child and family service.
The Retention of Public Child Welfare Workers (PDF - 263 KB)
Weaver, Chang, & Gil de Gibaja (2006)
California Social Work Education Center
Addresses the issue of worker turnover in public child welfare agencies and shares definitions, frameworks, practice models, and lessons learned.
SMARRT Manual Strategies Matrix Approach to Recruitment and Retention Techniques (PDF - 1550 KB)
Enhances capacity for more effective child welfare recruitment, selection, training, and retention practice. The manual includes research-based findings, as well as a wide range of experiential information and practical "how-to" information from published literature and Internet sites.
Staff Recruitment, Retention, and Training Strategies for Community Human Services Organizations
Larson & Hewitt (2005)
Reviews strategies for achieving a quality workforce. The chapters in this guidebook address three major components of personnel management: recruiting and hiring employees, orienting and training staff, and motivating workers.
Workforce Resource 1-Page Summary #16: Respect and Worker Retention (PDF - 243 KB)
National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (2013)
Describes how a mixed-methods study of retention and turnover examined how perceptions of respect impact child welfare workers' attitudes toward their jobs.
Worker safety tools
Meth Basics and Worker Safety
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (2006)
Provides essential information for Texas Child Protective Services staff who may encounter methamphetamine users, settings where meth is used or manufactured, and children at risk due to caregiver meth use or meth lab dangers.
Personal Safety for Visiting Professionals
Minneapolis Police Department (2007)
Developed for professionals who conduct home visits.
Worker Safety Advisor
University of Texas at Arlington, Center for Child Welfare & University of Texas at Austin, Protective Services Training Institute
Presents relevant worker safety information in an easy-to-read format.
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