SafeCare® [Home Visiting for Child Well-Being]

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Scientific Rating:
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. SafeCare® [Home Visiting for Child Well-Being] has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Home Visiting Programs for Child Well-Being.

Target Population: Parents at-risk for child neglect and/or abuse and parents with a history of child neglect and/or abuse

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 5

Brief Description

SafeCare® [Home Visiting for Child Well-Being] is an in-home parent training program that targets risk factors for child neglect and physical abuse in which parents are taught skills in three module areas: (1) how to interact in a positive manner with their children, to plan activities, and respond appropriately to challenging child behaviors, (2) to recognize hazards in the home in order to improve the home environment, and (3) to recognize and respond to symptoms of illness and injury, in addition to keeping good health records. All three modules should be used in the implementation of SafeCare® [Home Visiting for Child Well-Being]; any modifications to or elimination of modules need to be discussed with the program developers.

SafeCare® has also been rated a 2 (Supported by Research Evidence) by the CEBC in the areas of Home Visiting Programs for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Intervention for Abusive Behaviors, Interventions for Neglect, Parent Training Programs that Address Child Abuse and Neglect, and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary). Please click here to see the SafeCare® entry in these topic areas.

Program Goals:

The goals of SafeCare® are:

  • Reduce future incidents of child maltreatment
  • Increase positive parent-child interaction
  • Improve how parents care for their children's health
  • Enhance home safety and parent supervision
  • Contact Information

    Daniel J. Whitaker
    Title: Director, National SafeCare Training and Research Center
    Agency/Affiliation: Georgia State University

    Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: August 2016

    Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: July 2016

    Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2006