SafeCare is an evidence-based training curriculum for parents who are at-risk or have been reported for child maltreatment. Parents receive weekly home visits to improve skills in several areas, including home safety, health care, and parent-child interaction. The following resources offer information on the SafeCare program and its effectiveness, including State and local examples.
National SafeCare Training and Research Center
College of Health and Human Sciences, Georgia State University
Improves the training, implementation, and translation of the SafeCare model in collaboration with communities, child welfare administrators, and policymakers to increase support and resources for evidence-based practice and the prevention of child abuse and neglect on a local, national, and international scale.
Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Provides a brief program model description, a review of studies, evidence of effectiveness, and a summary of findings by outcome domain.
Evidence-Based Neglect Prevention Model Shows Effectiveness With American Indians in a First of Its Kind Research Study (PDF - 615 KB)
Casey Family Programs (2012)
Discusses the findings of a study that investigated the effectiveness of an evidence-based, parent-training curriculum for American Indian parents who are at-risk or have been reported for maltreatment through SafeCare. Trained home visitors work with families who have children ages 0-5 in their home environment for 15 to 20 weeks.
Iterations of the SafeCare Model: An Evidence-Based Child Maltreatment Prevention Program (PDF - 81 KB)
Edwards & Lutzker
Behavior Modification, 32(5), 2008
Describes the history of the SafeCare model, critical features and factors involved with program implementation, populations that have received SafeCare services, and staff who have implemented the program. The article also briefly describes projects involving SafeCare in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Georgia.
Prevention of Child Maltreatment in High-Risk Rural Families: A Randomized Clinical Trial With Child Welfare Outcomes
Silovsky, Bard, Chaffin, Hecht, Burris, Owora, et al.
Children and Youth Services Review, 33(8), 2011
Shares results from a randomized clinical trial of SafeCare® training augmented for rural high-risk population, and compares them to standard home-based mental health services to examine reductions in future child maltreatment reports, as well as risk factors and factors similar to child maltreatment.
Project SafeCare: An Evidence-Based Approach to Prevent Child Neglect (PDF - 580 KB)
Hecht, Silovsky, Chaffin, & Lutzker (2008)
APSAC Advisor: American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, 20(1)
Examines the SafeCare program model, its intended applications, and its supporting empirical base.
Reducing Child Maltreatment: A Guidebook for Parent Services
Lutzker & Bigelow (2002)
Describes protocols developed and tested within Project 12-Ways and Project SafeCare and includes information on assessing families and their homes, structuring training sessions, enhancing parent-child interactions, and more.
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (2012)
Describes the SelfCare Home Visiting for Child Well-Being program as an in-home parenting model program that provides direct-skill training to parents in child behavior management and planned activities training, home safety training, and child health care skills to prevent child maltreatment.
Safecare®: Towards Wide-scale Implementation of a Child Maltreatment Prevention Program
Lutzker & Edwards-Gaura (2012)
In Applied Public Health: Examining Multifaceted Social or Ecological Problems and Child Maltreatment
Describes the history of the SafeCare model, past and current SafeCare model programs and factors associated with SafeCare implementation and recent development of the National SafeCare Training and Research Center and upcoming NSTRC activities.
A Statewide Trial of the SafeCare Home-based Services Model With Parents in Child Protective Services
Chaffin, Hecht, Bard, Silovsky, Beasley, & Howard
Pediatrics, 129(3), 2012
Compares Oklahoma Child Protective Services recidivism outcomes between the home-based SafeCare (SC) model for child neglect and comparable home-based services without SC modules.
Using Recidivism to Evaluate Project SafeCare: Teaching Bonding, Safety, and Health Care Skills to Parents (PDF - 1310 KB)
Gershater-Molko, Lutzker, & Wesch
Child Maltreatment, 7(3), 2002
Details the finding that families who received training through Project SafeCare had significantly lower reports of child abuse and neglect than families in a comparison group.
State and local examples
Project SafeCare: Issues in Replicating an Ecobehavioral Model of Child Maltreatment Prevention
Filene, Lutzker, Hecht, & Silovsky (2005)
In Child Victimization: Maltreatment, Bullying and Dating Violence, Prevention and Intervention
Describes the process used to disseminate the Project SafeCare program in Oklahoma, and reviews the program's components and methods used to address implementation challenges such as agency resources and training, the skill level and attitudes of staff, and cultural sensitivity.