The problem

Foster care is a way of providing family life for children who cannot live with their own parents. In the UK, over 65,000 children live with almost 55,000 foster families. Every 22 minutes, a child enters the care system. 1 in 10 children experience instability in their foster care placements, limiting the long-term security they need to thrive.

The question

Our client – a leading global foster care agency – wanted to implement an evidence-based solution for early detection of child placement breakdowns. The data provided by our client originated from multiple countries and jurisdictions, with different regulations and languages.

The two questions set by our client was:

Q – “How can we detect early signs of placement breakdown to facilitate early intervention?”

Q –“How can provide suggestions to support social carers with the next best action?”

The OKRA Platform

  • Operates in real time
  • Integrates the placement, incident and carer documents from all jurisdictions
  • Combines data to a universal dataset for further processing
  • Learns and understands patterns
  • Derives evidence-based outcomes
  • Automates prediction for placement breakdown, giving risk scores to each placement
  • Gives explanations for the prediction outcomes, to maximise transparency

The results

Client before:

  • High rate of placement breakout
  • Fixed social carer visits
  • Delays due to the manual process
  • Repeated effort across campaigns
  • Inaccurate due to human error
  • 54 features for prediction

Client After:

  • 7 out of 10 accurate predictions for placement breakdown
  • 93% prediction accuracy when predicting stable placements
  • Automated alerts for social carers to take action, including making visits to carers
  • Providing recommended messages to social carer
  • Real-time prediction updates
  • 368 features for prediction
  • In measurement: Reducing placement breakdown
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