What is SafeCare?

SafeCare is an evidence-based, parent-training curriculum for parents who are at risk or have been reported for child maltreatment with a child from birth to age 5. Through SafeCare, trained professionals work with at risk families in their home environments to improve parents’ skills in several domains. Parents are taught, for example, how to plan and implement activities with their children, respond appropriately to child behaviors, improve home safety, and address health and safety issues. SafeCare is generally provided in weekly home visits lasting from 1-2 hours. The program typically lasts 18-20 weeks for each family.

SafeCare Augmented

An augmented version of SafeCare was approved for funding through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). The augmented version includes motivational interviewing and training on assessing risk factors for child maltreatment risk. It was approved based on study conducted in rural Oklahoma (Silovsky, Bard, Chaffin, Hecht, Burrish, Owora, Beasley, Doughty, & Lutzker, 2011). This will make funds potentially available from the $1.5 billion allocation for home visiting programs to prevent child maltreatment.