This guide provides information and resources on a variety of topics related to worker and workforce well-being in child welfare, including burnout, occupational stress, compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, vicarious trauma, vicarious resilience, and self-care.
While this guide references and includes resources on the topic of self-care, there are criticisms of this concept as messaging around self-care often puts the onus on individuals to find necessary solutions and supports for managing their healing and well-being.
The concept of community or collective care, however, acknowledges the role that social networks play in healthy communities. It also shifts some of the responsibility for well-being to collective entities and actors such as employers.
This guide is intended as a supplementary resource for staff at Children's Aid Societies and Indigenous Well-being Agencies. It is not intended as an authority on social work or legal practice, nor is it meant to be representative of all perspectives in child welfare. Staff are encouraged to think critically when reviewing publications and other materials, and to always confirm practice and policy at their agency.