Anna, Age Eight: The Data-Driven Prevention of Childhood Trauma and Maltreatment.
Courtney, Katherine Ortega. Cappello, Dominic.
xiv, 153 p.
This book explains the need to use data to prevent childhood trauma and maltreatment and uses the case study of a fictional 8-year-old who was removed from her abusive mother and then returned and killed to illustrate how data can save the lives of children. It discusses the lack of software for social workers to do their jobs properly and to provide a comprehensive and intuitive picture of all the component parts that could help assess, plan, act, and evaluate services. Chapter 1 reviews statistics on child fatalities and Chapter 2 explores the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the financial costs of childhood trauma. Chapters 3 and 4 discuss using the ACE survey to screen all school-aged children and the complex, chaotic, and invisible root causes of trauma. The limitations of the current child welfare system are described in Chapter 5, including the antiquated computer systems used to track through a maze of reports and the lack of data use. It proposes child welfare agencies implement an in-house unit of a few staffers that is dedicated to continuous quality improvement and would use data to identify problems and solutions. Chapter 6 discusses the ongoing crisis in mental health care and the need to install behavioral health services in schools, and Chapter 7 emphasizes the need for home visiting programs to ensure children born into low-income neighborhoods received the services they need. Chapter 8 focuses on keeping children health and describes the promises and perils of technology, Chapter 9 discusses child welfare challenges and how data can be used to evaluate needs and services to prevent ACEs, and Chapter 10 explains how social workers can work to address the root causes of ACEs. Numerous references.
childhood trauma; child abuse; prevention programs; screening; information technology; child welfare reform; data collection; decision making; data analysis; management information systems; continuous quality improvement; evidence based practice; creating models; knowledge dissemination; outcome based accountability