Social Service Workforce Strengthening

A strong social service workforce is critical to meeting the needs of children without adequate family care.  From government policy-makers, local administrators, researchers and social workers, to educators, community workers and care providers, social service actors play a key role in protecting girls and boys and promoting their care.

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Shauna L. Rienks - Child Abuse & Neglect,

The goal of this study is to examine child welfare caseworkers’ experience of secondary traumatic stress (STS) and the extent to which coping strategies act as a buffer.

Christina Myers, Antonio Garcia, Rinad Beidas, Zixiaojie Yang - Children and Youth Services Review,

This study examined whether caseworker demographic factors, attitudes towards evidence-based practices (EBPs) and organizational factors predict caseworker referrals. Relying upon tenets of the Theory of Planned Behavior, this study also examined whether intention to refer predicts caseworker referrals to an EBP.

Save the Children,

This report details the 4th cycle of the Asia Pacific Child Protection in Emergencies Professional Development Programme (CPiE PDP) Residential Training, which took place in Thailand between October 21st and November 3rd, 2019.

Erica Russ, Bob Lonne, Deborah Lynch - Child Abuse & Neglect,

This Australian longitudinal, qualitative study explored child protection worker perceptions and experiences of resilience to inform understandings of worker resilience, and implications for worker functioning and workforce retention.

Erica Russ, Bob Lonne, Deborah Lynch - Child Abuse & Neglect,

This Australian longitudinal, qualitative study explored child protection worker perceptions and experiences of resilience to inform understandings of worker resilience, and implications for worker functioning and workforce retention.

Fiona Oates - Child Abuse & Neglect,

A strategy gaining traction to address the disproportionate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the statutory child protection system is to recruit more Indigenous practitioners into statutory child protection work. This paper reports on results from a recent doctoral study which explored the experiences of Indigenous child protection practitioners based in Queensland, Australia.

J. Jay Miller - Children and Youth Services Review,

This study employed a retrospective pre/post design to assess the impact of a self-care training for child welfare workers (N=131) in one southeastern state in the United States.

Colleen Fitzgerald - Global Social Service Workforce Alliance,

In this blog post for the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, part of a series celebrating Social Service Workforce Week, Colleen Fitzgerald writes about the need to support the social service workforce and to promote the well-being of caseworkers and social workers.

Nicholas Thompson - Journal of Children's Services,

The purpose of this paper is to investigate how the recommending of contact in special guardianship cases is currently working, by holding focus groups with social workers and special guardians.

UNICEF, Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, and Maestral International,

This report is a review of the social service workforce in eight countries: Djibouti, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan and Tunisia.