David A. Hansell, Commissioner for the Administration for Children’s Services spoke at this morning’s 157th CityLaw Breakfast at New York Law School. Commissioner Hansell was introduced by Professor Ross Sandler, Director for the Center for New York City Law, with remarks by New York Law School Dean Anthony W. Crowell. Commissioner Hansell spoke about “Protecting Children, Supporting Families. Commissioner Hansell discussed ongoing efforts to help City families, including several specific programs that are currently in place, including the Close to Home Program, which has led to a decline in youth arrests by 53 percent, the Raise the Age Campaign, and ACS Early Learn NYC Program. Hansell spoke on the tens of thousands of child protection reports investigated each year by the Administration for Children’s Services and the work of the Administration’s specialists. The specialists, according to Hansell, have some of the most difficult jobs as first responders for the City’s children.
Hansell brought up new technology that is being used to access data, better manage case files, and flag high risk cases faster. Hansell noted that the focus is on preventative work, child safety networks, as well as learning to respond to mistakes, and addressing inequality based on race, gender, and socioeconomic status.
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