Alternative Work Arrangements

Pivoting During the Pandemic

This video features workers, supervisors, and administrators discussing the challenges they faced during the Covid-19 pandemic and some of changes that have positively impacted the child welfare workforce.

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The Washington Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) Child Welfare Field Operations (CWYO) telework program was developed by reviewing policies, practices, experiences and research distilled from materials produced by numerous federal and state agencies (for example, www.telework.gov).

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) and the QIC-WD designed a multi-phase case-supportive technology intervention to help child welfare caseworkers complete their case notes and other administrative tasks required as part of their job. The decision by VDSS to implement technological supports for caseworkers was informed by two data collection efforts:

1. Listening sessions, held by VDSS staff in each region of the state, and

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is a state-supervised and locally- administered social services system. There are 120 local departments of social services (LDSS) composed of approximately 2,000 employees who are responsible for providing child welfare services.

Each QIC-WD site developed a logic model to serve as a visual representation of their selected intervention. All logic models included four main components: inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes. Collectively, these demonstrate the resources and actions required to implement the program, as well as the associated result or changes anticipated through implementation of the program. The hypothesized relationships are represented by the pathways connecting the listed activities and anticipated outcomes. For more information see Site Overview

Each QIC-WD site developed a logic model to serve as a visual representation of their selected intervention. All logic models included four main components: inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes. Collectively, these demonstrate the resources and actions required to implement the program, as well as the associated result or changes anticipated through implementation of the program. The hypothesized relationships are represented by the pathways connecting the listed activities and anticipated outcomes. For more information see Site Overview.

Virginia Case-Supportive Technology

The Virginia Department of Social Services and select local child welfare agencies implemented a case-supportive technology intervention to strengthen their child welfare workforce. This video, recorded virtually, highlights the experience of workers and supervisors that used transcription services and a mobile application to improve their ability to work outside the office.

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Managing Stress while Working from Home during the Pandemic: Strategies for Self-Care

Self-care can help you stay present and regain a sense of control. Read the post and watch the webinar excerpt.

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Washington State is Using Telework to Strengthen the Child Welfare Workforce

The Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families is implementing telework to strengthen their child welfare workforce. This video highlights their early experience with implementation from the perspective of workers, supervisors, and administrators.

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