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Engaging the brightest minds working to solve one of the world's toughest challenges—child abuse. Join us for one-on-one conversations with leading experts on science, law, medicine, morality, and messaging. This podcast is brought to you by National Children's Alliance, the largest network of care centers serving child victims of abuse. Visit us online at


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Prediction as Prevention
Episode 107: In “Prediction as Prevention” we ask the question: Can big data help us determine which children are most at risk of foster care placement? And how do we direct resources to those children to ensure they’re safe? We examine the way in which predictive modeling sheds light on the impact of implicit bias in our nation’s child welfare system. About 50% of African-American and black families in this country will experience a child welfare investigation. That’s far, far more than the data indicates we should expect to see. That’s a problem. But can an algorithm be the answer? Emily Putnam-Hornstein, an associate professor at the University of Southern California School of Social Work and the director of Children’s Data Network, joined One in Ten to talk about what role big data should have in making potentially life-and-death decisions about children’s safety.Topics in this episode:·         What is predictive analytics and how it is used in child welfare? (1:56)·         The big question to answered by big data. (3:52)·         The over-representation of black families in child welfare investigations. (5:31)·         Who gets reported? (6:58)·         Why haven’t we solved this problem yet? (10:01)·         Can individuals accurately assess risk? (12:24)·         How can predictive analytics address implicit bias? (15:24)·         How does it work in practice? (19:38)·         The impact of predictive analytics. (23:58)·         What’s next for the field? (28:48)·         Our next episode topic. (32:20)Links:USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social WorkChildren’s Data NetworkThe conference mentioned is NCA’s 2019 Leadership Conference. Emily Putnam-Hornstein and Rhema Vaithianathan led a plenary session about how risk modeling can support child welfare practice.The question of who reports suspected abuse (or why they don’t) was the subject of our third episode, The Bystander Effect, with Dr. Wendy Walsh of the Crimes Against Children Research Center.“Can big data help prevent child abuse and neglect?” by Giles Bruce at the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, talks about Emily Putnam-Hornstein’s work (June 24, 2019).Our next episode will feature Françoise Mathieu of TEND Academy.Support the show
Treating the Smoke and Not the Fire
Episode 106: “Treating the Smoke and Not the Fire” is a conversation about a new documentary, Cracked Up—an emotionally arresting, trauma-informed look at the lifelong consequences when we fail to protect a child. In Cracked Up, filmmaker Michelle Esrick chronicles Saturday Night Live star Darrell Hammond’s journey from childhood trauma, through decades of misdiagnoses of its effects, toward hope and healing. The duo talk about what drove them to make the film and how they hope it will help change the conversation about child abuse. As Michelle says, too often society treats the smoke—things like addiction and mental illness—and not the fire—the very experiences that caused them in the first place.Topics in this episode:·         What drove them to make Cracked Up (2:20)·         What they didn’t know at the start of the journey (4:34)·         Trauma is when your reality is not seen or known (8:04)·         Telling a survivor’s story with respect and without causing them further harm (9:36)·         A hunger to call out the bad guy, and to be believed (12:14)·         The consequences of trusting your own reality (14:23)·         The haunted house—the shock a simple thought can cause (23:18)·         Trauma, substance use, and addiction: Treating the smoke and not the fire (28:25)·         The investment in disbelief. It’s hard to shatter images—and monsters hide in the light (35:23)·         Public policy: What would you like to see changed? (39:38)·         How to set up an educational screening of Cracked Up (41:35)·         Our next episode topic (42:00) Links:Cracked Up movie websiteDarrell and Michelle, NPR radio interview on WNYC (at 34:25)Darrell’s book about his experiencesDr. Bessel van der Kolk and The Body Keeps the ScoreDr. Nabil KotbiPenny DreadfulWith Dr. Jacob Ham in “The Long Arm of Childhood Trauma” episode of the Road to Resilience podcastDr. Vincent Felitti, co-principal investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) StudyDr. Bruce PerryHost an educational screening of Cracked UpResources on the Cracked Up movie websiteAnd the $10 million we’d like to see the government spend is to give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding for research into preventing child abuse. Learn more about that in our interview on “Child Abuse as a Public Health Issue” with Dr. Elizabeth Letourneau.Support the show
The Science of Storytelling
Episode 105: “The Science of Storytelling” features Nat Kendall-Taylor, CEO of the FrameWorks Institute, which works to change the conversation on social issues. We discussed how to get people to engage in conversations about an uncomfortable topic—child sexual abuse. What should we change about our own messaging to give people hope that they can do something about it? We also discussed a new research project into communication strategies on this issue, and when we might learn the results.Topics in this episode:·         The most surprising result of research into child sexual abuse. (1:47)·         How we talk about the issue can be a problem. What should we stop doing? (5:11)·         Pivoting—our biggest communication challenge. (13:28)·         When people think monsters are the root cause, what’s the solution? (18:42)·         Balanced messaging. (21:17)·         Talk about progress without losing urgency. (26:25)·         When death won’t do it in driving a sense of urgency, what will? (29:38)·         The “snapping” myth. (33:05)·         Current research on communication strategies—and when we’ll get results. (37:43)·         Summing it all up. (41:36)·         Our next episode topic. (43:42) Links:FrameWorks InstituteCrimes Against Children Research CenterDr. Elizabeth Letourneau at the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Letourneau was our very first guest on One in Ten, in the episode on “Child Abuse as a Public Health Issue.” Support the show
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May 2nd, 2019
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Aug 5th, 2019
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