Saturday, 23 May 2015 00:00
In an Australian first, home-visiting practitioners have recently been trained in the internationally renowned and evidence-based SafeCare model.
SafeCare sees trained practitioners support parents in enhancing their positive interactions with children, keeping homes safe and improving child health.
Through leadership from the New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services, the Parenting Research Centre partnered with the National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC) of Georgia State University, USA, to conduct the first ever SafeCare training in Australia.
“Four randomised control trials have shown that SafeCare significantly lowers reports of child abuse and neglect in families where children are considered at risk of maltreatment,” said Parenting Research Centre Director, Dr Robyn Mildon.
“On the strength of this evidence the Parenting Research Centre has introduced SafeCare to a number of Australian governments and not-for-profit groups who themselves run home-based services to support families in preventing child neglect.
“As a leading intermediary organisation the Parenting Research Centre has assisted in adapting SafeCare to the Australian context and developing rigorous implementation support systems,” said Dr Mildon.
The recent training involved representatives from the Department of Family and Community Services in Batemans Bay and Penrith, along with home-visiting practitioners from Wesley Mission’s Western Sydney Brighter Futures program.
This training was made possible through funding from the New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services.
For more information about the opportunities SafeCare might offer your organisation please contact the Parenting Research Centre.
Visit NSTRC for more information about the SafeCare model.