SafeCare includes one-on-one home visits between home visitors (referred to as providers) and families. SafeCare includes three modules: (1) infant and child health, (2) home safety, and (3) parent-infant/parent-child interactions (Planned Activities Training). The health module trains parents to use health reference materials, record health information, use basic health supplies (such as a thermometer), prevent illness, identify symptoms of childhood illnesses or injuries, and provide or seek appropriate treatment. The safety module helps parents identify and eliminate safety and health hazards and teaches parents how to appropriately supervise their young children. The parent-infant/parent-child interactions (Planned Activities Training) module aims to teach parents how to provide engaging and stimulating activities, increase positive interactions, and prevent challenging child behaviors.
The three SafeCare modules typically include a baseline assessment and observation of parents’ knowledge and skills, followed by four parent training sessions, and conclude with a follow-up assessment to monitor change. Providers use a four-step approach during parent training sessions to instill target behaviors: (1) describe and explain the rationale for each behavior, (2) model that behavior, (3) ask the parent to practice the behavior, and (4) provide positive and constructive feedback. This approach is designed to help parents generalize skills across time, behaviors, and settings.