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July 2016Vol. 17, No. 5Infographic on Workforce Development and Retention

An infographic developed by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) illustrates why the child welfare workforce is so important to the lives of children and families and focuses on the importance of investing time, effort, and resources to developing the workforce and reducing turnover. Why the Workforce Matters highlights the high costs associated with caseworker turnover, putting a price tag of $54,000 on each caseworker that leaves an agency. To overcome the high rate of turnover in the field, NCWWI recommends investing in the workforce by improving in areas such as work conditions and incentives, organizational environment, professional development and training, and supervision and performance management. According to NCWWI, reducing caseworker turnover may increase chances for family stability and better permanency outcomes for children and lead to more timely investigations, enhanced service, and improved contact with children and their families.

The infographic features a link to the NCWWI Workforce Development Framework, which includes multiple development strategies and links to related resources. Access the infographic at (259 KB).