Other Key Issues for Workforce Enhancement
The following are additional recommendations made by the synthesis groups.
- Support collection and dissemination of existing knowledge regarding effective, evidence-based supervisory models. Develop a central resource center depository on child welfare supervision.
- Establish learning circle laboratories for supervisors to share specific information on how supervision can affect their staff and the clients with whom they work.
- Enhance career advancement or redirection by providing post-masters programs for supervisors desiring supervisory, management/administration, and community-practice training and education.
- Promote the supervisor's role in the community and communicate the importance of mission and values to workers.
- Promote a balance between caring and competency in child welfare supervision.
- Create a dialogue and relationship between universities and agencies on the factors that contribute to the successful recruitment and retention of a quality child welfare workforce, as well as factors that contribute to the professionalizing and stabilizing of the current workforce. Strategies may include:
- Establishing a curriculum that supports the supervisory roles and leadership development of case workers in universities;
- Establishing interdisciplinary academic partnerships;
- Addressing clinical supervision in universities to promote learning organization culture, worker practice and retention, and positive client outcomes in child welfare.
Research Needs Identified
Some areas in which further research is needed were noted during the synthesis groups' discussions, including the following:
- Comparisons of child welfare systems to other fields and their organizational practices
- Effective implementation strategies for transitioning to a new organizational culture
- The impact of leadership on outcomes
- Definition of the baseline or foundation for "best practices"
- A formal collection of research on best practices in supervision in child welfare