Algorithms in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice
Algorithms and predictive models are increasingly used in the child welfare and juvenile systems, yet most of them are not seen by courts, and attorneys and court personnel may struggle to understand how they work. This webinar will demystify the use of algorithms and help practitioners understand the ways the algorithms themselves can be biased based on race and income and can be misused. Algorithms are powerful tools, but they are not infallible, and courts have an ethical duty to understand how these tools might impact vulnerable children. Participants will learn why, how, and where these algorithmic models affect outcomes for children and families for both good and ill and their possible future use.