Frequently Asked Questions

How much does SafeCare training cost?

The cost of SafeCare training varies according to the number of individuals trained, and what kind of training (Home Visitors, Coaches, or Trainers) is desired. Because SafeCare training is done with very small trainer to trainee ratio, it is generally not more efficient to try to train large numbers of staff at once.

What are the requirements for staff to be trained in SafeCare?

There is no educational requirement for SafeCare training. The SafeCare protocols are very concrete and easy to learn. SafeCare has been implemented by individuals with high school diplomas and individuals with doctoral degrees in clinical psychology.

National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC) has found that it is important for staff to be motivated to implement SafeCare, open to new services models, and interested in using a structured protocol for service delivery. It is critical that there be communication about SafeCare implementation before training is initiated. Staff must be prepared to receive SafeCare training, especially if it is very different from the services they are used to providing. NSTRC can assist in this process.

Is my site ready for SafeCare training?

NSTRC works with interested implementation sites to determine the fit between the SafeCare model and the potential site, and the readiness of a site to implement SafeCare. NSTRC has developed readiness information for you to consider. Reviewing the readiness information will help you think through many of the issues that will help make your SafeCare implementation successful. Once you have reviewed the readiness information and would like to apply for SafeCare training, complete the SafeCare Application for training.

How long does it take to become a SafeCare Home Visitor?

To become a SafeCare Home Visitor, you must attend a week long workshop and complete all required role-plays and quizzes. Following the workshop, you will be provisionally certified in SafeCare home visiting. To reach full certification, you must demonstrate proficiency in delivering SafeCare with a family across 4 sessions, which will be monitored by your SafeCare Coach. Typically, it takes approximately 2 months to be fully certified as a SafeCare Home Visitor.

How long does it take to become a SafeCare Coach?

To become a SafeCare Coach, you must attend the home visitor workshop and become certified as a home visitor. Additionally, you must attend a one-day coach workshop and complete required role-plays and quizzes. Following the workshop, you will be provisionally certified in SafeCare coaching. To reach full certification, you must demonstrate proficiency in fidelity monitoring of SafeCare home visitors, leading SafeCare team meetings, and providing supervision of SafeCare home visiting skills. It typically takes approximately 3 months to be fully certified as a SafeCare Coach.

How long does it take to become a SafeCare Trainer?

To become a SafeCare Trainer you must complete full certification in SafeCare home visiting and coaching, and have substantial experience in delivering the SafeCare model with proficiency. Additionally, you must attend a two-day trainer workshop and complete required role-plays and quizzes. Following the workshop you will be provisionally certified as a SafeCare Trainer. To reach full certification, you must demonstrate proficiency in delivering home visitor and coach training workshops. Additionally, you must demonstrate proficiency in supervising a Coach through the Coach certification process. It takes approximately 6-9 months to be fully certified as a SafeCare Trainer. After certification, SafeCare Trainers are observed at one year following training and must complete recertification every two years to maintain Trainer certification.


For more information, contact Kim Lee, Program/Contract Manager, Family Visitation Services, Georgia Department of Human Services at kdlee@dhr.state.ga.us or call 404-657-7730.