Retaining novices to become expert child protection practitioners: Creating career pathways in direct practice

Healy, Karen, Meagher, Gabrielle and Cullin, Joel (2009) Retaining novices to become expert child protection practitioners: Creating career pathways in direct practice. British Journal of Social Work, 39 2: 299-317. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcm125

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Author Healy, Karen
Meagher, Gabrielle
Cullin, Joel
Title Retaining novices to become expert child protection practitioners: Creating career pathways in direct practice
Journal name British Journal of Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-3102
1468-263X
Publication date 2009-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcm125
Volume 39
Issue 2
Start page 299
End page 317
Total pages 19
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Abstract In many post-industrial countries, concerns have been raised about high turnover of professional staff and the high proportion of novice practitioners on the frontline in child protection agencies. High turnover imposes costs on individual practitioners, employing organizations, service users (particularly vulnerable children) and society more broadly. We analyze the views of employers, policy makers and researchers in Australia, England and Sweden about factors contributing to high turnover at the frontline. We find that a combination of retention disincentives (push factors) and alternative career opportunities (pull factors) contributes to high turnover among frontline practitioners. Based on these findings, we propose a strategy for enhancing workforce retention at the frontline in child protection. The strategy involves creation of a career pathway that enables, and encourages, novice child protection workers to become advanced practitioners.
Keyword Child protection
Staff retention
Novice practitioners
Career pathways
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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