Each family receives three out of four modules of the SafeCare Program: Parent Child or Infant Interaction, Safety, and Health.
Targets risk factors for medical neglect. The health module teaches parents to identify childhood illnesses and injuries, and then follow a structured process to determine when and how to care for the child. Parents learn when (and how) to care for a child at home, when to see a doctor, and when to seek emergency help. Parent are also taught to use health reference materials, including a validated SafeCare health manual.
Home Safety Module
Targets risk factors for environmental neglect and unintentional injury. The focus of this module is to help parents identify and eliminate common household hazards. Parents learn how to eliminate home
hazards and the importance of age-appropriate supervision.
Parent-Child/Parent-Infant (PII/PCI) Interactions Module
Targets risk factors associated with neglect and physical abuse. This module focuses on parent-infant interactions (PII: up to 18 months) and parent-child interactions (PCI: 18 month through 5 years old). Parents learn to increase positive interactions with their infant/child and how to structure daily activities by providing engaging and stimulating activities. PCI also helps parents to reduce challenging child behavior.
SafeCare Providers meet with parents for 6 sessions per module, depending on the parents’ skills at baseline. Each module begins with an observational assessment to determine parents’ current skills and to identify which skills to focus on during training. Providers work with parents during the training sessions until they have mastered the module skills. SafeCare Providers conduct a final assessment to confirm parents’ uptake of skills.
Training sessions use principles from well-established social learning theory and research. Parenting skills are taught by:
- Explaining the skills and why they are important
- Demonstrating how to do each skill;
- Having parents practice the skills; and
- Providing positive and corrective feedback to parents on their use of skills.
“A mother whose children came into care due to substance abuse and unsafe living conditions was finally reunited after months of counseling, recovery, and SafeCare….The [final] visit was short and bittersweet, knowing I probably wouldn’t see this family again, but knowing it was for good reason.”
~Testimonial from SafeCare Provider