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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® has been rated by the CEBC in the areas of: Interventions for Neglect, Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs, Parent Training Programs that Address Child Abuse and Neglect, Home Visiting Programs for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and Interventions for Abusive Behavior.

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® 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®; any modifications to or elimination of modules need to be discussed with the program developers.

SafeCare® is also rated in the Home Visiting Programs for Child Well-Being topic area. Click here to see that entry.

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, PhD
Title: Director, National SafeCare Training and Research Center
Agency/Affiliation: Georgia State University
Phone: (404) 413-1282

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