Workforce Support

Workforce Support

Front-line 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. When workers leave it is not only costly to our systems but disruptive to the children and families those workers serve. Learn more about strategies for supporting and stabilizing the workforce.

Digital Dialogues

Preventing and Healing from Secondary Traumatic Stress: Taking an Organizational Approach
Maine Behavioral Healthcare is working with child and family-serving organizations across the state of Maine, implementing practices and protocols for workers experiencing secondary traumatic stress.

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.

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.

Supporting Child Welfare Staff: The Critical First 3 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.


Multidimensional Human Services Workplace Stress
Understanding the complex sources of stress can help us address it effectively. 07:00

Tools & Tip Sheets

From the Field: Supporting Child Welfare Staff [PDF]

Organizational Responses to Secondary Traumatic Stress

From Our Partners

We are Child Welfare, National Child Welfare Workforce Initiative
This campaign lifts up the important role of child welfare workers and provides a space for the community to create a system that supports the conditions for strong and thriving families and communities where children reach their potential.

Secondary Traumatic Stress, Child Welfare Information Gateway
The following resources provide information on secondary traumatic stress what it is, its impact, how to identify symptoms, and how it can be prevented and mitigated on an individual and organizational level.

Burnout and Self-care, National Child Welfare Workforce Initiative
This page includes links to a number of self-care tools as well as articles exploring burnout in the child welfare workforce.