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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.

| 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. 

| 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.

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The May issue of SDM News describes an integrated practice model; share updates on NCCD’s work in the Northwest Territories of Canada, Texas, and Singapore; and introduces five new staff members. *Note that this link opens slowly. Please be patient.

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

This document presents highlights of the feasibility study conducted by NCCD and Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. to determine the potential of preventing juvenile justice system involvement for youth in the child welfare system as a Pay for Success project. To read the full feasibility report, click here.

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

In December 2013, The California Endowment funded the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) and Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. (Third Sector) to conduct a feasibility analysis to identify and define the need for delinquency prevention services among a child welfare population to better understand its potential for a Pay for Success (PFS) project. NCCD and Third Sector focused this feasibility analysis on San Diego County, California, where the county had recently implemented the Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice crossover practice model for serving youth who are dually involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. As a way to build on these efforts, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency and Child Welfare Services expressed interest in undertaking PFS exploration activities related to interventions that could prevent the occurrence of youth crossover from child welfare to juvenile justice, beginning with an analysis to identify the target population.