A redesign of training for the first year of employment

A well-trained, skilled and prepared child welfare workforce helps ensure Oregon children and youth in our care grow up safely. In an effort to help retain skilled workers and improve outcomes for children and families we serve, Child Welfare worked closely with Casey Family Programs, Portland State University, tribes and community stakeholders to redesign training for new caseworkers.

The redesign recognized the need for a more holistic approach to preparing new workers while valuing and reinforcing the partnership between classroom and field-based training. The new training also includes ongoing professional development and multiple training and learning experiences over the course of the first year including:

  • Computer-based learning
  • Prerequisites to classroom training
  • Classroom training throughout the first year
  • Post classroom transfer of learning activities in the local offices and communities
  • Supervisory supports, coaching and mentoring
  • Knowledge and skill assessments
  • Portfolio of learning for the first year​