Benefits

SafeCare (SC) is a well-supported parent-training program with single-case, quasi-experimental studies, and RCTs in progress.  Specifically, there have been over 60 research studies conducted to develop and validate SafeCare or extensions of it.  The three primary modules of SafeCare have each been validated with single-case studies: parent-child interaction and use of planned activities (Lutzker, Megson, Webb, & Dachman, 1985; Dachman, Halasz, Bickett, & Lutzker, 1984; Cordon, Lutzker, Bigelow, & Doctor, 1998); home safety to reduce home hazards (Tertinger, Greene, & Luztker, 1984; Barone, Greene, & Lutzker, 1986; Metchikian, Mink, Bigelow, Lutzker, & Doctor, 1999); and health-care skills (Delgado & Lutzker, 1988). Further, an uncontrolled group trial of SafeCare found that parents showed significant change in the behaviors targeted by the SafeCare model, that is, improved safety, health, and parenting skills (Gershater-Molko, Lutzker, & Wesch, 2003). For instance, in this study, the number of home hazards was reduced by 78% for maltreating families, and there was an 84% increase in the use of the parenting skills taught.   

In terms of child maltreatment outcomes, Lutzker and colleagues (2002) compared families receiving SafeCare services to families receiving standard family preservation services in California, and found that SafeCare families were significantly less likely to have a recurrence of child maltreatment (15% over three years) compared to services-as-usual families (44% over three years).  This means there was a 75% reduction in future reports to Child Protective Services for maltreatment in families that participated in SafeCare.