Children, Youth, and Families

Children, Youth, and Families
Boys and Girls Running in Meadow

This brief describes the current status of using Title IV-E funding in social workeducation, addressing its value to promote professional social work practicein public child welfare and describing the policy implementation challenges.

The NASW Social Work Policy Institute reviewed research related to caseloads, especially in child welfare agencies, and found that high caseloads can negatively impact both worker retention and service delivery outcomes. In addition, worker turnover is costly to agencies in terms of training and recruitmentcosts as well as the added stress on workers who remain.

This report highlights the complex and crucial role of supervisors in child welfare. The Social Work Policy Institute (SWPI) hosted Supervision: The Safety Net for Front-Line Child Welfare Practice, in conjunction with the NASW Center for Workforce Studies & Social Work Practice and the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI), with Casey Family Programs (CFP) as a contributing partner held a 2010 meeting.

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