2008 Jordan Institute
13, No. 2
A Demographic Sketch of NC's Child Welfare Supervisors
Most of what we know about supervisors in North Carolina’s public child welfare agencies comes from two sources: periodic staffing surveys conducted by the NC Division of Social Services and North Carolina’s Family Support and Child Welfare Training Information Database.
2006 Staffing Survey
Gender. Of the supervisors registered for this course, 83.4% were women and 16.6% were men. This is consistent with recent findings from the Brookings Institution; in its national survey of more than 800 human services workers 82% were women and 18% were men (Light, 2003).
Race. Of the supervisors registered for this course, 30.5% were Black and 66.3% were White. This suggests our supervisor workforce is roughly in line with the state of North Carolina as a whole, which the US Census estimates to be 21.6% Black and 70.2% White.
Education. Nearly all (99%) supervisors registered for this course had a degree from a four-year college. What’s more, nearly 47% had either a Bachelors or Masters degree in social work. This is a positive sign, since studies have found higher job performance and lower turnover rates among caseworkers with BSWs and MSWs (Albers, 1993; Dhooper, 1990).