Ira M. Schwartz
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.
Family Preservation Elusive without Credible Risk Assessment
Unless and until child welfare risk assessment instruments and tools can be made more accurate and reliable, child welfare systems around the country will continue to be plagued by scandals including high rates of families being re-referred for abuse and neglect, and worse: too high an incidence of child fatalities where the families were known to child welfare authorities.