DCYF turnover, burn out rate alarming

A new report on the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families shows a troubling view of the department’s staffing when it comes to protecting Granite State children from neglect and abuse.
DCYF currently has 176 child protection service workers, with a turnover rate around 50 percent in the past two years, staffing is inadequate and burnout is at an all-time high.
DCYF Director Lorraine Bartlett authored the report, which states that reported child abuse has risen nearly 15 percent over the past four years, but staffing is crippled by the constant turnover.
It takes about three months to fill a vacancy and 12 weeks to train a new hire.
The report says that implementing a 24/7 system would take 41 new case workers and $4 million.