Highly Vulnerable Children Research Center

Factors related to retention intentions among Child and Youth Care Workers in South Africa: Results from a national survey

Child and youth care workers (CYCWs) are a crucial and growing component of South Africa’s national response to HIV and AIDS and other problems affecting children and families. CYCWs use the community-centred Isibindi model of care to reach the most vulnerable with key services including psychosocial, health, economic and education support. Understanding how to support retention in the CYCW workforce is vital to programme quality and sustainability. The present analysis uses data from the first nationally representative survey of CYCWs in South Africa to identify factors related to workers’ intentions to remain in their positions for at least the next 12 months.

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