SafeCare Promoting better parenting and protecting young children

This service is no longer being delivered, but we have carried out an evaluation. On these pages you can find out how the service worked and what we've learnt.

Just as there are many things that can contribute to child neglect, there are many things we can do to prevent it. Being a parent to a young child is a demanding job and it can be even harder when other worries and issues take hold.

SafeCare was developed to offer practical support to parents of children aged 5 or under. It aimed to help parents to develop parenting skills and focus on the needs of their child.

SafeCare helped parents with 3 main areas:

  • keeping their child fit and healthy
  • keeping the home safe
  • having a good relationship with their child and managing their behaviour.

Parents were also given support developing problem solving skills. These skills can then be used to manage other situations that are part of family life.

A father sitting on the sofa with his young daughter and son on his lap

How it worked

We would visit a family for 18-20 sessions and provide one to one support in their own home. Together with the parent, we’d agree some goals to aim for. Then we'd help them focus on areas that needed work and how they could achieve their goals. At the end, we looked back at progress together to work out if and how things had improved.

SafeCare was developed at the National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC) at the University of Georgia, USA where research studies have shown positive results

Thriving Families

Helping to define, detect and tackle neglect and provide the right support for families.
Thriving Families service

Graded Care Profile 2

Assessing the care of children and identifying neglect.
Graded Care Profile service

Improving parenting, improving practice

Helping parents who are struggling to care for their children.
Improving parenting, improving practice service

Evidence Based Decisions

Reviewing family situations to protect children at risk of harm.
Evidence Based Decisions service

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