London councils are using data analytics to predict which children are at risk for neglect and abuse, allowing them to act before crisis occurs and prevent more costly, extensive interventions. Developed by technology company Xantura and trialled by councils including Hackney and Thurrock, the model analyses various data sources, including school and health records, to judge families’ risk scores. Around 80% accurate, it identifies and alerts social workers to those who need extra support.
Xantura’s “Early Help Profiling System” (EHPS) translates data on families into risk profiles, sending monthly written reports to council workers with the 20 families in most urgent need of support. Various statistics are used from multiple agencies, including information about school attendance and attainment, families’ housing situations, and economic indicators. With three years of time series data, the modellers have used the first two years to build the algorithm and train the model, testing it against the …
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