In 2013, the NCCD Children's Research Center conducted a validation study of the Structured Decision Making® risk assessment used by the California Department of Social Services Children and Family Services Division Child Welfare Services. Currently, 54 of California's 58 counties use the risk assessment, last validated in 2007, to estimate the probability of future child maltreatment among families investigated by child welfare agency staff. These staff use the results of the risk assessment to help inform critical case service decisions. This 2013 validation study examines the current risk assessment's ability to classify families based on their chances of future maltreatment and suggests a proposed version of the risk assessment with revisions that could improve its classification ability, particularly for certain race/ethnicity subgroups.
This issue of SDM News includes profiles of the exciting keynote speakers slated for the upcoming NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families. In addition, meet some of NCCD's new staff and catch up on our work in Minnesota, Alaska, and Texas.
In this presentation, Dr. Adria Navarro and Dr. Kathleen Wilber discuss findings from their study that examines effectiveness when APS uses a novel multidisciplinary team (MDT)—an elder abuse forensic center—to increase prosecution of elder financial abuse crimes. Findings from this study of APS recipients between 2007-2009 found a ten times greater likelihood of cases being submitted to the District Attorney's office. The researchers shared the process used by the forensic center team to determine whether prosecution should become a case goal. (Materials: slide presentation)
The latest issue of SDM News looks at building safety networks for families and the value of periodically reviewing SDM assessments. You will find updates on next year's NCCD conference and NCCD's work in Singapore. Also check out a new regular SDM News feature: "SDM Q&A," which answers questions from readers about the model. *Note that this link opens slowly. Please be patient.
NCCD was recently chosen by the Houston-based Arnold Foundation to be part of the Giving Library, a unique initiative that connects donors to nonprofit organizations across the world through video sharing.
The November 2013 issue of NCCD's newsletter announces NCCD's new video on The Giving Library; looks back at the 2013 Media for a Just Society Awards and links to the 2014 call for entries; provides more information on the NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families; introduces one of our new staff members, Matt Wade, business development associate for SafeMeasures®; gives some information about a few of NCCD's new exciting projects, and links to NCCD's most recent blog posts. *Note that this link opens slowly, please be patient.
In this presentation, Mark Yaffe, M.D., discusses his research on the development and validation of a brief tool for physician use to support identification and assessment of the presence or absence of suspected elder abuse. Use of the tool has the potential to sensitize physicians to elder abuse and promote referrals of possible victims for in-depth assessment by specialized professionals. While the tool was validated for use by family physicians, this presentation will also discuss what potential may exist for use by other health and social service providers, as well as for self-administration by seniors. (Materials: slide presentation)
The September 2013 issue of NCCD's newsletter includes information about the Media for a Just Society Awards and goes behind the scenes with blog posts from all the winners, announces some of the 50 sessions that will be available at NCCD's Conference on Children, Youth, and Families, introduces Jenni Trovillion, co-director of the National PREA Resource Center, gives some information about a few of NCCD's new exciting projects, and links to NCCD's most recent blog posts. *Note that this link opens slowly, please be patient.
In 2005, the Annie E. Casey Foundation published Detention Reform and Girls: Challenges and Solutions, the thirteenth installment in its "Pathways to Detention Reform" publication series. The report showed that while girls comprise a minority of youth who appear in juvenile courts on delinquency charges, they often present vastly different challenges than boys. The Special needs of girls manifest throughout the juvenile justice process, the report found, but particularly at the detention phase. Servicing girls effectively often requires targeted gender-responsive strategies.
The summer issue of SDM News includes the latest on the NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families (formerly the SDM Conference), scheduled for May 2014. Also read updates on the integration of best practices in social work and the SDM system around the globe, use of the SDM system in adult protective services, and more. *Note that this link opens slowly. Please be patient.