What is SafeCare?
SafeCare is an evidence-based, parent-training curriculum for parents. 

Through SafeCare, trained professionals work with at-risk families in their home environments to improve parents' skills in several domains.

Parents are taught, for example how to plan and implement activities with their children, respond appropriately to child behaviors, improve home safety, and address health and safety issues.

SafeCare is generally provided in weekly home visits lasting 18-20 weeks for each family.

Teach parents the tools to provide a safe, healthy, loving environment for their children.


SafeCare Modules
Parent-Child/Parent-Infant Interactions Module

This module consists of training on parent-infant interactions (birth to 8-10 months) and parent-child interactions (8-10 months to 5 years). The purpose of this module is to teach parents to provide engaging and stimulating activities, increase positive interactions, and prevent troublesome child behavior. The primary method for teaching this module is Planned Activities Training (PAT) Checklist. Providers observe parent-child play and /or daily routines and code for specific parenting behaviors. Positive behaviors are reinforced and problematic behaviors are addressed and modified during the in-home sessions. Providers teach parents to use PAT checklists to help structure their everyday activities. Parents also receive activity cards that have prompts for engaging in planned activities.

Home Safety Module
This module involves the identification and elimination of safety and health hazards by making them inaccessible to children. The Home Accident Prevention Inventory- Revised (HAPI-R) is a validated and reliable assessment checklist designed to help a provider measure the number of environmental and health hazards accessible to children in their homes. Rooms are evaluated using this assessment tool and then training takes place to assist parents in identifying and reducing the number of hazards and making them inaccessible to their children. Safety latches are supplied to families. This protocol is effective in significantly reducing hazards in the home and these reductions have been found to be maintained over time.

Health Module
The goals of this module are to train parents to use health reference materials, prevent illness, identify symptoms of childhood illnesses or injuries, and provide or seek appropriate treatment by following the steps of a task analysis. To assess actual health-related behavior, parents role-play health scenarios and decide whether to treat the child at home, call a medical provider, or seek emergency treatment. Parents are provided with medically validated health manual that includes a symptom guide, information about planning and prevention, caring for a child at home, calling a physician or nurse, and emergency care. Parents are also supplied with health recording charts and basic health supplies (e.g. thermometer). After successfully completing this module, parents are able to identify symptoms of illnesses and injuries, as well as determine and seek the most appropriate health treatment for their child.



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