No Risk in Trying New Approaches to Find Children Most in Danger
In my last column, I discussed the new approaches to identify and target high-risk families for special attention in child welfare. Los Angeles and Allegheny County, Penn., as well as New Zealand are working on risk assessment algorithms.
Who Will Seize the Child Abuse Prediction Market?
Lisa Mayrose knew Florida’s Department of Children & Families needed to overhaul how it investigated phone calls reporting beaten and neglected children. “We had a rash of child deaths,” Mayrose, the regional managing director of the department in Tampa, said in an interview with The Imprint.
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.
Data Analytics, Prevention Efforts Could Drive Down Child Deaths
By Beth Cortez-Neavel Texas is taking serious steps toward using predictive data analytics, or “big data,” to prevent child deaths due to abuse and neglect. Not only are state officials finally catching on that child maltreatment is a public health issue, there are three new state-led efforts to curtail child deaths and maltreatment by using data to pinpoint specific warning signs at different community levels.
New Study Points to Danger of Child Neglect
While brutal child deaths caused by physical abuse may grab newspaper headlines, a new study shows that the majority of injury fatalities of children five or younger in California stemmed from neglect.
Capitol View on Kids: The latest news on children and families from Washington, D.C.
President Signs Children’s Commission Into Law On Monday, January 14, President Obama signed the Protect Our Kids Act (HR 6655) into law. The Protect Our Kids Act (PL 112-275) establishes a commission to examine child deaths in the United States.