The 23-page “Los Angeles Child Protection Checkup” tracks the implementation of the 42 recommendations issued by the Los Angeles County Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection in April 2014. The county’s Board of Supervisors created the Blue Ribbon Commission in June 2013, following a spate of bad press centering on child death and systemic issues that have plagued the county’s child welfare system for decades.
The Child Protection Checkup divides the commission’s recommendations into seven broader categories: 1) Consolidation of Authority, 2) Maltreatment Prevention and Early Intervention, 3) General Health and Children’s Health, 4) Workforce and Contracts, 5) Child Placement, and 6) Law Enforcement. The report finds that the recommendations related to the consolidation of authority and children’s health have seen the most activity so far, while reforms related to law enforcement, originally set in motion in February have failed to materialize into concrete action.
The transition team tasked with creating the county’s new Office of Child Protection and prioritization of the Blue Ribbon Commission’s recommendations was scheduled to deliver a progress report to the Board of Supervisors on August 5. However, the Board of Supervisors, at the request of Supervisor Don Knabe, has rescheduled that report for August 12.
“Understanding the news media’s unique power to impel action, Fostering Media Connections is offering these quarterly checkups in the hopes that they will spur continued attention and nourish the reform effort,” reads the checkup.
The current Child Protection Checkup is available on Fostering Media Connections’
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