Vol. 8, No. 1 January 2007
Child Welfare Recruitment and Retention Resources
As you know, the current issue of Children’s Services Practice Notes (vol. 12, no. 1) provides information about the workforce challenges child welfare agencies are facing today and describes some of the efforts underway to come up with a solution. A federally-funded recruitment and retention project being led by the Jordan Institute for Families at the UNC–Chapel Hill School of Social Work is one of the most promising of these. Unfortunately, the fruits of this project won’t be available to most of the state until late 2008. In the meantime, we know that many of you continue to face staffing problems.
With this in mind, we would like to let you know about the following, which are some of the most accessible child welfare recruitment and retention tools we have come across.
Hired for Good
To access issues of Hired for Good go to <www.cssp.org>.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Web-based Learning for North Carolina's Child Welfare Workforce
As part of the NC Division of Social Services’ continuing efforts to help meet the training needs of county departments of social services and to make child welfare training more accessible and affordable, we are pleased to announce the following, which we believe will make it easier for all 100 counties to benefit from e-learning.
Blended Learning Child Welfare in NC
Blended Learning Child Development
in Families at Risk
To access their PLP workers must create an account at ncswLearn.org. To create an account each worker must have a unique, personal e-mail address. This email address should be a work-related one, such as those available through the county email system or ncmail.net.
Whenever possible, correspondences regarding workers’ registration application status (e.g., confirmation or waiting list letters) are now being sent to registrants as e-mail attachments. Unfortnately, spam filters can sometimes block these e-mails. Therefore, if you are unsure about your registration application status, please to log on to your ncswLearn.org account and view your training history to see if you are listed for the training as “enrolled.”
We are also pleased to announce that two new sections have been added to ncswLearn.org:
Supervisor Resources – This section allows supervisors to manage all aspects of training related to the employees they supervise directly. Supervisors are now able to: add an employee not currently in the training system, edit personnel information for employees who are currently in the training system, register their employees for training, find upcoming training events, view their employees’ training schedule and cancel their registrations as needed, view their employees’ training attendance history, and learn their employees’ training requirements.
County Training Manager Resources – If your county DSS has a designated staff development manager or a training coordinator, he or she can use this section of ncswLearn.org to assess the child welfare training needs of the child welfare staff in your entire agency. To access this new feature your agency’s staff development or training coordinator will need to request access rights by directly contacting the web site administrators via the “Help” section located on the home page top menu.
We hope that you will create an account with ncswLearn.org to take full advantage of the features available to you. Also, we hope that you will continue to share your opinions and e-learning experiences with us so that the NC Division of Social Services can continue to be responsive to your training needs. If you have any questions, please feel to contact Teresa Turner, Staff Development Team, at 919/733-7672 or Teresa.Turner@ncmail.net.
© 2007 Jordan Institute for Families