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Investing in the Social Service Workforce

Findings of a study on how local public social services are planning, managing and training the social services workforce.

Isibindi's Family Strengthening Approach

Following a 2016 qualitiative study in three cities on the family strengthening approach of the Isibindi program, this brief was created to provide an overview of the program and its results.

Working for Health and Economic Growth: Investing in the health workforce

People need better access to safe, quality health care, as well as long-term employment. The social and health sectors will have to play a greater role in our economies, and we will need collectively to increase health employment. Investing in health workers is one part of the broader objective of...

Core Competencies for Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care

This resource promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions. It provides guidance for developing workforce training and core competencies for prevention, intervention and...

Learning, Negotiating and Surviving in Child Welfare: Social capitalization among recently hired workers

Findings highlight that, although nearly all child welfare workers interviewed recognized the importance of instrumental and expressive support, many workers did not capitalize on support. Policy can promote supportive atmospheres through providing child welfare agencies with the ability and time...

Supervisor Role in the Transfer of Learning to the Workplace

This online training program focuses on what is transfer of learning and strategies for implementing.

Time, Institutional Support, and Quality of Decision Making in Child Protection: A Cross-Country Analysis

This paper examines perceptions of time and institutional support for decision making and staff confidence in the ultimate decisions made within four countries. The study identifies a high degree of work pressure across all the countries, lines of predominantly vertical institutional support and...

Child Welfare Worker Recruitment and Retention Influential Factors and Promising Practices – Review of the Research

A summary of numerous studies and literature across the United States, the report shares the factors that impact readiness and retention levels of new child welfare social workers. Strategies for selective screening and hiring of the most qualified child welfare workers are outlined in the report.

The Role of Para-Social Workers in Creating Community-led Approaches to Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse: Case study on child protection within OVC programs

With guidance and training in child protection provided by SUNRISE-OVC, a USAID-funded social welfare systems-strengthening project, district officials and community leaders worked together to map vulnerable households and issues in communities, organize and fortify orphans and vulnerable children...

Workforce Development Planning and Assessment Tool Kit

This resource includes many components for conducting a needs assessment and helping to plan and develop the workforce at US state agencies.

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