Councils use 377,000 people’s data in efforts to predict child abuse

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Councils use 377,000 people’s data in efforts to predict child abuse

Exclusive: Use of algorithms to identify families for attention raises stereotyping and privacy fears

Vast quantities of data on hundreds of thousands of people are being used to construct computer models in an effort to predict child abuse and intervene before it can happen, the Guardian has learned.

Amid mounting financial pressure, local councils are developing “predictive analytics” systems to algorithmically identify families for attention from child services, allowing them to focus resources more effectively.

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