An estimated 49 out of every 1,000 children are subjected to physical abuse, and rates of neglect are much higher. For example, in Kenya, 22% of children reported parental treatment consistent with neglect. Evidence-based parent training has been shown in the United States and other countries to reduce rates of neglect and physical maltreatment. To date, SafeCare, an evidence-based parent training program for the prevention of child maltreatment, has been adapted for use in Belarus, the United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, Israel, and Australia.
SafeCare is designed to prevent child maltreatment and improve health, development, and welfare of children ages 0-5 in at-risk families. It is a home visitation-based parent training program. Local staff learn to teach parents who are at-risk for neglect how to have positive parent-child and parent-infant interactions, keep homes safe, and improve child health. The international implementation of SafeCare is flexible in order to address the needs of different countries, cultures, agencies, and target populations.
SafeCare International Implementation
With international implementation, the National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC) provides:
• Consultation on cultural adaptations
• Highly skilled, experienced trainers
• Structured curricula for:
o Local staff to learn about parenting and child maltreatment prevention
o Selected local staff to become SafeCare Providers
o Selected Providers to become SafeCare Coaches, who work with the Providers to enhance fidelity to the SafeCare approach and provide support
• Checklists and other materials that help with parent assessment and training
• Ongoing support to Coaches once training is completed
Current international implementation locations
- United Kingdom