National Council on Crime and Delinquency


More Than a Year After 11-Year-Old’s Death, L.A. Bets Training Will Improve Contested Risk Analysis Tool

The 2016 death of 11-year-old Yonatan Aguilar reignited a years-long debate about the strengths and weaknesses of a tool used by social workers across Los Angeles County to determine the risk a child will be abused.


Report Offers Closer Look at Girls in Gangs

A new report from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) titled Girls and Gangs: Improving Our Understanding and Ability to Respond looks at the experiences of girls involved in gang activity and provides recommendations for stakeholders to better help gang-involved girls.


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.

Youth Services Insider


Yonatan’s Death Spurs Deep Look at How L.A. Gauges Child Abuse Risk

Last month, in response to news reports about the tortured life and death of a little boy, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors waded into the thorny question of how to predict child abuse.


It’s Time for a Deep Look at Child Protection in Los Angeles

As a former child protection worker, I know that the death of a child is the worst possible outcome, the one that we all fear. Words can’t express the sorrow we feel when a child dies.

Youth Services Insider


Pay for Success Watch: NCCD, San Diego Foundation Announce Juvenile Reentry Venture

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) already has an iron in the pay-for-success (PFS) fire in San Diego where it is working with The Children’s Initiative on a plan to provide county-wide alternatives to detention.


    NCCD Boosts Predictive Analytics Presence

    The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) has increased its profile in the predictive analytics field with a series of webinars and other resources aimed at helping child welfare agencies appropriately use these data-driven tools.

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    Why Structure Decisions in Child Welfare?

    Child protection workers have a challenging job. They make vital decisions every day, often based on limited information gathered in difficult circumstances. Education, ongoing training, and experience are essential. However, a wealth of research has shown that intuition isn’t the best guide for complex decisions.


    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.