Join the Conversation and Learn What Others Are Doing

Staff recruitment and retention are persistent challenges for many child welfare agencies. A variety of initiatives and efforts are in place across the county to address these challenges, yet there is no comprehensive summary of what is being tried and tested in the field. The QIC-WD will soon be launching a national public child welfare workforce trends survey. Our goal is to identify workforce policies, practices, challenges, successes, and priorities. Specifically, the survey will collect data on topics such as workforce demographics; turnover and vacancy rates; and hiring, recruiting, and retention strategies. We will use this information to summarize emerging trends in the child welfare workforce.

Working in the child welfare system is challenging. Caseworkers may deal with a lot of trauma, long hours, and low wages. The higher-than-average rate of turnover in the field reflects these challenges. State and county administrators want to know what human resources (HR) practices are in place in other agencies and how their agency’s HR practices compare to others in their region. Participation in this survey will help answer these pressing questions. The QIC-WD will seek involvement from key personnel at state and county child welfare agencies. Together we can build a much-needed compendium of the HR strategies and practices from child welfare agencies across the country.

If your agency is willing to participate, please contact us for more information.