Child Welfare

State Audit Slams Los Angeles Child Welfare Department for Leaving Children in ‘Unsafe and Abusive Situations’

A California state audit of the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) issued on Tuesday said that the department puts children at risk of abuse and neglect by failing to complete safety […]

Child Welfare

Humboldt County to Overhaul its Child Abuse Reporting System After Settlement with California Attorney General

The Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services and Sheriff’s Office must make immediate changes to the way that the county reports and investigates incidents of child abuse and neglect, according to the terms […]

structured decision making
Child Welfare

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. […]

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The Shortcomings of Structured Decision Making

As recently reported in The Chronicle of Social Change, Los Angeles County and other jurisdictions have been developing a new tool to help assess the risk to children who have been referred to the child welfare system.
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