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| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

This report outlines how the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services used an actuarial screening assessment, developed in collaboration with NCCD, to classify youth in the child welfare system by their likelihood of subsequent juvenile justice involvement. This enables the county to focus prevention service programming on youth at highest risk of dual-system involvement. NCCD found that youth who received prevention services had lower rates of juvenile justice involvement than those who did not; however, these findings are considered preliminary due to data limitations. 

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

This document presents highlights of NCCD's Profile of Youth in the Los Angeles County Delinquency Prevention Pilot, which outlines how the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services used an actuarial screening assessment, developed in collaboration with NCCD, to classify youth in the child welfare system by their likelihood of subsequent juvenile justice involvement. This enables the county to focus prevention service programming on youth at highest risk of dual-system involvement. NCCD found that youth who received prevention services had lower rates of juvenile justice involvement than those who did not; however, these findings are considered preliminary due to data limitations. The full report can be found here.

| NCCD

For the final webinar in our series on predictive analytics and child protection, Dr. Jesse Russell discusses what questions organizations considering predictive analytics should be asking--both of themselves and of researchers. Learn more about how predictive analytics operates in the real world and how to best use it to improve outcomes for children and families.

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

This issue of the newsletter includes: a collaboration between Westat and NCCD; a new webinar on predictive analytics and child protection; CEO Kathy Park represents NCCD around the country; the 2016 Media for a Just Society Awards call for entries opens. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The Fall 2015 issue of SDM News describes the benefits of documentation (aka paperwork) using SDM assessments; NCCD's latest work in Singapore; and a pilot program focused on infant safety in San Diego County, California. In addition, meet three new NCCD staff members. *Note that this link opens slowly. Please be patient. 

Three Examples of Predictive Analytics in Child Protection

| NCCD

This webinar is the second of three in a series on predictive analytics in child protection. The first webinar is available here.

Predictive Analytics and Child Protection: Constraints and Opportunities

| NCCD

The first webinar in our series of three on predictive analytics in child protection.

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Risk assessment instruments must be evaluated against certain criteria to ensure they function appropriately and that decision makers are likely to “get it right.”

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Research has demonstrated that structured decisions lead to better outcomes than those based on worker judgment alone.

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Risk assessment is a core practice to promote safer communities and more successful youth.

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

To improve the safety and well-being of children and youth placed in foster care, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) sought to better understand the nature and context of foster child maltreatment in Michigan. Maltreatment in foster care has devastating consequences, which may include physical health problems, trauma and psychological problems, learning and developmental problems, emotional and behavioral disorders, aggression and violence, and juvenile justice involvement.

| Kristen Johnson, PhD

Recent research suggests that half of all children in the United States have experienced some type of traumatic event that threatens their safety or well-being. Children involved with the child welfare system are particularly vulnerable to trauma. Over the last decade, child welfare agency managers and stakeholders have been pursuing ways to ensure that practice is trauma-informed, i.e., based on research about how trauma affects human beings, and that all children served by the child welfare system are screened and assessed for trauma symptoms. The Minnesota Department of Human Services has supplemented these efforts with analyses of data systematically recorded by social workers to determine whether the likelihood of experiencing trauma symptoms can be estimated. A brief summary of this research can be found here.