In an Australian first, OzChild has been accredited as a provider of the SafeCare® parenting program. The organisation is also the first international (non-USA) agency to be accredited.
SafeCare is an evidence-based parenting program designed by researchers at the National SafeCare Training and Research Centre (NSTRC) at Georgia State University in the United States. It has been shown to reduce child abuse and neglect. OzChild is currently delivering SafeCare to parents in Victoria.
OzChild CEO Lisa Griffiths said she was proud of the team’s exceptional work ethic and capability to meet all the requirements to become an accredited provider.
“The team is outstanding and have worked so hard, they are getting really positive outcomes for families that are experiencing vulnerability,” Ms Griffiths said.
OzChild began SafeCare training in 2017 with experts from the NSTRC, Georgia State University and the New York Foundling (NYF).
The program runs over 18 sessions and targets three skills: positive parenting, home safety and child health. The NYF Implementation Support Centre and OzChild facilitated the program’s adaption to the Australian context and is supporting the implementation.
SafeCare uses the explain-model-practice-feedback model to help practitioners teach the behaviours, practise them with parents and then give feedback.
The OzChild team is thrilled with the model and its effectiveness with families that experience vulnerability. The first group of parents to undertake the program recently graduated with flying colours.
The evidence-base of SafeCare includes several randomised studies that have shown positive outcomes compared to services as usual or no services on the following outcomes: increased parenting skills, reduced likelihood of child maltreatment reports, reduced parental depression, improved program engagement and completion, and increased program satisfaction.
SafeCare resources are clear and easy to read, with tool kits that help workers keep on track and help parents make better decisions around the health of their children.