IASWR Child Welfare Workforce Initiative
The Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research launched its Child Welfare Workforce Initiative, in January 2004 with support from the Human Services Workforce Initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Fostering Results at the University of Illinois School of Social Work’s Child and Family Research Center. Subsequent support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Casey Family Programs provided funding for reports on retention of child welfare staff and the development of agency/university child welfare research partnerships.
IASWR released Factors Influencing Retention of Child Welfare Staff: A Systematic Review of Research, a study, undertaken in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Social Work. It examined the personal and organizational conditions and strategies, i.e. Title IV-E educational partnerships that impact retention. The full report and executive summary are available. The project also developed three issue briefs. IASWR Research Brief 1 – Retaining Competent Child Welfare Workers: Lessons from Research provides an overview of the 25 studies included in the review and the conclusions drawn from that. IASWR Research Brief 2 – Professional Education for Child Welfare Practice: Improving Retention in Public Child Welfare Agencies details the findings and implications of the seven studies that specifically looked at the impact of Title IV-E educational partnerships on retention in child welfare. IASWR Research Brief 3 – Understanding Retention in Child Welfare: Suggestions for Further Research and Evaluation provides specific recommendations and guidance for future research studies on recruitment and retention.