NSTRC has developed technology-based alternatives for training new SafeCare providers and guidance for technology-based delivery of SafeCare to families.
SafeCare Partners and Providers
We ask that your priority is to serve your families emergent needs in the best way possible given their circumstances. NSTRC will continue to support our partner agencies throughout this pandemic. Please see the guidelines below for recommendations about how to conduct SafeCare.
NSTRC is committed to providing resources to support caregivers as they navigate this pandemic. The current pandemic may cause feelings of fear, stress, and anxiety for all members of the family. It is important to:
- Emotionally support children during this time
- Follow a daily routine and keep children active
We wish everyone health, peace, and wellness today and everyday.
SafeCare Responds to Pandemic
SafeCare responded to the COVID-19 pandemic immediately by transitioning trainings online and adapting the model for remote delivery. Dr. Shannon Self-Brown, Co-Director of NSTRC recently published an article reviewing the effects of the pandemic on SafeCare Providers. Key findings included continued delivery, comfort with the virtual format, improved parenting skills, and a high level of engagement with families.
Remote, virtual delivery of CM prevention programming offers the opportunity to continue serving vulnerable families in the midst of a pandemic. Further research by Dr. Lindse Bullinger, Dr. Kelley Fong, and Ashley Watson, MPH, supports that virtual delivery can increase service availability and completion, without affecting caregiver skill acquisition. While traditional, in-home visits may be better for some families, virtual delivery offers increased access to families who may not otherwise engage.
Barriers related to family technology and data access must be addressed to ensure reach and the effective delivery of prevention programming during the pandemic and beyond. In addition, Providers may need support and guidance in delivering virtual services.
Read The Impact of COVID-19 on the Delivery of an Evidence-Based Child Maltreatment Prevention Program: Understanding the Perspectives of SafeCare® Providers, published in the Journal of Family Violence and Virtual Delivery in Home Visiting: Insights from Administrative, Survey, and Focus Group Data