'Career preference', 'transients' and 'converts': A study of social workers' retention in child protection and welfare

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dc.contributor.author Burns, Kenneth
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-25T10:36:45Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-25T10:36:45Z
dc.date.issued 2011-04
dc.identifier.citation Burns, K. 2011. 'Career Preference', 'Transients' and 'Converts': A Study of Social Workers' Retention in Child Protection and Welfare. British Journal of Social Work, 41, 520-538. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcq135 en
dc.identifier.volume 41 en
dc.identifier.startpage 520 en
dc.identifier.endpage 538 en
dc.identifier.issn 0045-3102
dc.identifier.issn 1468-263X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/607
dc.identifier.doi 10.1093/bjsw/bcq135
dc.description.abstract Both domestically and internationally, retaining social workers in statutory child protection and welfare work has been identified as a problem. However, this issue appears to receive only modest attention from researchers. This paper reports on the findings of a study that examined the retention of ‘front line’ child protection and welfare social workers in one Health Service Executive area in the Republic of Ireland. A qualitative study was undertaken with forty-four social workers with experience of this work setting. Whilst familiar themes, such as organisational supports, social exchanges with peers, amongst others, were highlighted as important in social workers' decisions to stay or leave, a grounded analysis of the data highlighted the importance of a theme not previously presented in this research. In this study, participants made links between their understandings of career pathways for newly qualified social workers and what they perceived as the key role play by child protection and welfare in 'proving' or inducting newly qualified social workers and the likelihood of their retention in this sector. This analysis led to the construction of a career preference typology with three 'types' of social worker: 'career preference', 'transients' and 'converts'. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Oxford University Press en
dc.rights © The Author 2010. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved. This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in British Journal of Social Work following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version BURNS, K. 2011. ‘Career Preference’, ‘Transients’ and ‘Converts’: A Study of Social Workers' Retention in Child Protection and Welfare. British Journal of Social Work, 41, 520-538. is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcq135 en
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dc.subject Child protection en
dc.subject Job retention and turnover en
dc.subject Newly qualified social workers en
dc.subject Social work career typology en
dc.subject Metaphors in the spoken language of social workers en
dc.subject Republic of Ireland en
dc.title 'Career preference', 'transients' and 'converts': A study of social workers' retention in child protection and welfare en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/A012/kburns en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Kenneth Burns, Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: k.burns@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2012-06-18T08:50:37Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle British Journal of Social Work en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress k.burns@ucc.ie en

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