Child welfare staff play a central role in our efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of children and families. The rewards of the work can be great—but so, too, can be stressors related to organizational climate, workload, and physical and psychological safety. Staff turnover among child welfare staff is high—as much as 25% per year—and the cost to agencies in terms of hiring, morale, and quality of service is substantial. And the #1 reason staff leave? The agency. Not the stress of working with traumatized children and families, but stress-related conditions within the agency itself that become unbearable.
Supporting Child Welfare Staff: The Critical First Three Months
This Digital Dialogue details organizational strategies for orienting new staff to a trauma-exposed work environment and supporting them during those critical first 3 months.
Integrating Mindful Awareness Strategies to Support Well-Being and Resiliency in the Child Welfare Workforce
Learn about a range of mindful practices and how to develop a plan for integrating mindfulness into your daily work and home routines.
Workforce Well-being—Centering Yourself to Better Support Others
Dr. Amelia Franck Meyer presents practical tips and tools for us to integrate well-being into our lives, our work, and our organizations to allow us to support those we serve in sustainable ways.