Department of Education

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Ethics review of machine learning in children’s social care

The Rees Centre is partnering with The Alun Turing Intitute, the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence, to conduct this review commissioned by the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care.

The purpose of the project is to review existing ethical frameworks and assess their applicability to current machine learning practices in the sector as well as to identify specific complexities of children’s social care which would influence the ethics of using machine learning in the sector.

The output of the review will be recommendations for the ethical use of machine learning in children’s social care, for example, exploring technical and non-technical solutions to the problems of AI explainability, bias, discrimination, inaccuracy, and poor data quality. The project will include a literature review and engagement with the relevant research communities in the UK and internationally.

It is expected to be available early in 2020.

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