To Prevent Child Abuse: Replace the “Public Health Approach” with a Social Justice Approach
Consider two approaches to working with troubled children and families. Approach #1 is embodied in a paragraph from a column in The Chronicle in which the author cites what she sees as barriers to working with children in foster care: “When foster parents said they could not, and our overworked paraprofessionals were unavailable, I had to take my clients to the doctor, dentist, therapist and for family visits.
Pennsylvania County Leads in Use of Big Data to Stem Child Abuse, Probes Ethics First
Computer algorithms guide our decisions in big ways and small. They nudge us to buy a particular blender on Amazon and tailor ads to our interests on our Facebook pages, but also seek to reduce repeat domestic violence arrests and assess risk during criminal sentence proceedings.
New Zealand Analysis Should (But Probably Won’t) Burst the Predictive Analytics Bubble
“New Zealand Crunches Big Data to Prevent Child Abuse,” declared a Chronicle of Social Change headline on a 2015 story about The Chronicle’s favorite child welfare fad, predictive analytics, or as it should properly be called, data-nuking poor families.
Why Are Child Welfare Advocates Sabotaging Data-Driven Efforts to Protect Children?
Of all the social challenges the public sector works to overcome, ensuring the wellbeing of children is undoubtedly among the most important. Consider that in 2014, 702,000 children were abused or neglected in the United States and 1,580 children died as a result.
New Strategies Long Overdue on Measuring Child Welfare Risk
As The Imprint has been reporting over the past two years, various jurisdictions have been exploring new tools to focus the attention of child welfare systems on the children most at risk of subsequent abuse or neglect.
New Zealand’s Child Abuse Analytics Study Hits Political Snag
According to documents released in late July, New Zealand has halted a proposed study of a new child abuse screening tool, which relies on big data to discern risk of maltreatment.
New Zealand Crunches Big Data to Prevent Child Abuse
By Darian Woods Imagine that in a Child, Youth and Family (CYF) call center in Auckland, New Zealand, operators are interpreting rows of numbers on a computer monitor. Among the data points: The age of mothers on a benefit, the date of their first benefit payment, family type and 129 other details.