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The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment is innovatively using data and tools to not only predict where child maltreatment will occur but to effectively target resources through demographic profiling.
An article from Child Abuse & Neglect, The International Journal.
ABSTRACT: As indicated by research on the long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), maltreatment has far-reaching consequences for affected children. Effective prevention measures have been elusive, partly due to difficulty in identifying vulnerable children before they are harmed. This study employs Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM), an analysis of the cumulative effect of environmental factors thought to be conducive for child maltreatment, to create a highly accurate prediction model for future substantiated child maltreatment cases in the City of Fort Worth, Texas. The model is superior to commonly used hotspot predictions and more beneficial in aiding prevention efforts in a number of ways:
The present study introduces and examines the predictive power of this new tool to aid prevention efforts seeking to improve the safety, health, and wellbeing of vulnerable children.
ACCESS ARTICLE: Risk terrain modeling predicts child maltreatment
If you are concerned about maltreatment and would like to follow up on a patient seen at Cook Children's, contact the CARE Team at (682) 885-3953.
If you need to report a suspicion of maltreatment, call 1-800-252-5400 or go to www.txabusehotline.org.
We're here to help – If you have any questions or would like more information, please email Breanna Anderson or call 682-885-2506.Please do not email reports of child maltreatment.