Risky Business: A Child’s Death in L.A. Elicits More Questions than Answers
Los Angeles County, home to the nation’s largest locally-run child welfare system, is grappling with how to measure and respond to the risk that a child will be abused. At the heart of this confounding, complicated issue are two hard-to-answer questions.
Uncharted Waters: Data Analytics and Child Protection in Los Angeles
A county-led forum in Los Angeles marks a pivotal moment in the application of data analytics and risk modeling to child abuse. On Wednesday, July 22 Los Angeles County’s recently formed Office of Child Protection will hold a community forum to discuss the simultaneously disquieting and promising prospect of using “big data” to help determine which children are the most likely to be abused.
Checklists, Big Data and the Virtues of Human Judgment
Los Angeles County struggles to strike the right balance between human judgment and increasingly sophisticated predictive tools when determining the risk that a child will be abused. On weekdays, calls to Los Angeles County’s child abuse hotline reach their peak between 2 p.m.