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 interactions. SafeCare is rated as a supported practice by the Title IV- E Prevention Services Clearinghouse. The following resources offer information on the SafeCare program and its effectiveness.
The Impact of SafeCare Dads to Kids Program on Father Maltreatment Risk and Involvement: Outcomes and Lessons Learned From an Efficacy Trial
Self-Brown et al. (2018)
Child Abuse & Neglect, 83
Examines the outcomes of an adapted version of SafeCare, Dad2K, with marginalized fathers with children ages 2 to 5 years old. The results of the study showed those who completed the program showed positive knowledge and behavioral change related to parenting.
Long-Term Impact of a Cell Phone-Enhanced Parenting Intervention
Lefever, Bigelow, Carta, Borkowski, Grandfield, McCune, & Irvin et al. (2017)
Child Maltreatment, 22(4)
Examines whether a cell phone-supported version of a home visiting program improved long-term parenting practices, maternal depression, and child aggression. The results of the study showed improved parenting skills and lessened child aggression for participating families.
Research and Outcomes
National Safecare® Trainings and Research Center
Provides scientific research to validate SafeCare’s effectiveness at improving positive parenting skills and at reducing and preventing abuse and neglect.
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (2018)
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: A Prevention and Intervention Program for Child Neglect and Physical Abuse
Self-Brown, McFry, Montesanti, Edwards-Gaura, Lutzker, Shanley, & Whitaker (2014)
Describes the SafeCare home visiting intervention, presents supporting evidence for the model, provides information on the types of families best served by the intervention, and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the model.