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%.
In an effort to address the retention issues, the Institute is leading 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), Ph.D., M.S.W., Florida State University
- Melissa Radey (Co-Principal Investigator), Ph.D., M.S.S.W., M.A., Florida State University
- Philip Osteen (Co-Principal Investigator), Ph.D., M.S.W., Florida State University
- Florida Study of Professionals for Safe Families Year 1
- Florida Study of Professionals for Safe Families Year 2
- Child Welfare Workers' Preparedness for Transition from Training to Independent Work
- Transitioning from Training to Independent Work: Impacts on Early Turnover
- Examining Workers' Exposure to Client-perpetrated Violence
- Field Training Experiences of Newly-hired Child Welfare Workers
Journal Article Summaries
- Recruitment and Retention of Child Welfare Workers in Longitudinal Research
- Satisfactions and Stressors Experienced by Recently-hired Frontline Child Welfare Workers
2016 Child Protection Summit