A Complex Partnership to Optimize and Stabilize the Public Child Welfare Workforce

Lawson, Hal A., McCarthy, Mary, Briar-Lawson, Katharine, Miraglia, Peter, Strolin, Jessica and Caringi, James (2006) A Complex Partnership to Optimize and Stabilize the Public Child Welfare Workforce. Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, 9 2: 122-139.


Author Lawson, Hal A.
McCarthy, Mary
Briar-Lawson, Katharine
Miraglia, Peter
Strolin, Jessica
Caringi, James
Title A Complex Partnership to Optimize and Stabilize the Public Child Welfare Workforce
Journal name Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education
Publication date 2006
Volume 9
Issue 2
Start page 122
End page 139
Total pages 18
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA
Publisher Temple University, The Center for Social Policy and Community Development, School of Social Administration
Language eng
Subject 1301 Education Systems
Abstract This article introduces a complex partnership developed in a Northeastern state. Its aim is to optimize and stabilize the public child welfare workforce and thereby improve outcomes for clients as well as results for country and borough agencies. To achieve this aim, this partnership has implemented a comprehensive, multi‐faceted strategy. Intermediaries play pivotal roles in this partnership system. Originating with a focus on social work education, this partnership quickly focused on research. Participatory workforce research aimed at understanding turnover led to a hybrid, complex intervention involving team‐driven articipatory action research and learning in local agencies. These design teams, facilitated by social workers, connect professional development and organizational development to retention planning and ultimately, to workforce optimization initiatives. (Author abstract)
Keyword child welfare
child welfare workers
training
staff retention

 
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