Recruitment and retention of a workforce continue to be problematic for the Department of Children and Families, Community-based Care agencies, and service providers. High staff turnover puts vulnerable children at greater risk for recurrence of maltreatment and impedes timely intervention and ultimately permanency. Workforce attrition estimates across the state continues to range between 25-60%.
Florida Study of Professionals for Safe Families
In an effort to address the retention issues, the Institute will lead a five-year longitudinal study of 1,000 newly hired CPIs and case managers to study the individual conduct and organizational influences on child welfare employee retention, and ultimately, child and family outcomes. The Florida Study of Professionals for Safe Families was launched in September 2015.
- Dina Wilke (Principal Investigator), PhD, MSW, Florida State University
- Melissa Radey (Co-Principal Investigator), PhD, MSSW, MA, Florida State University
- Philip Osteen (Co-Principal Investigator), PhD, MSW, Florida State University
2016 Child Protection Summit
- An Overview of New Hires into the Child Welfare Workforce
- Thrown Right in Right Away: Voices of Recently-hired Child Protection Investigators and Case Managers