Regional Reports Describe Child Welfare Workforce

CalSWEC has completed a series of regional reports on child welfare workforce demographics in California’s five training regions.The reports, based on the 2011–2012 Public Child Welfare Workforce Study, include results from:

  1. an Agency Administrative Survey, such as the number of staff by position, vacancies for positions requiring advanced degrees, and external and internal turnover rates, and
  2. an Individual Worker Survey, such as the educational levels of social workers and supervisors, professional licenses held, length of service, ethnic identification, and training.

The Regional Training Academy (RTA) defines the state’s Northern, Bay Area, Central, Los Angeles, and Southern regions. Thus, the reports contain information for the following:

CalSWEC has been conducting workforce studies of the public child welfare staff since 1992 and parsing the results by region since 1998. The studies' main purpose has been to measure how well the state is doing with respect to raising the educational preparation for child welfare social worker jobs. (View or download information on the proportion of MSWs among the state's child welfare workforce from 1998 to 2011.)

Recent statewide data reports on the child welfare workforce, BASWs, American Indians, training, and turnover rates, as well as a report on The Effects of the Economic Recession on Child Welfare Services and Staff, are also available online. 

CalSWEC Executive Director John Cullen, 510-642-9272, or Program Evaluation Specialist Dr. Sherrill Clark,, 510-642-4480, are available to present and discuss these reports to your staff and regional consortia meetings.