SafeCare®: Historical Perspective and Dynamic Development of an Evidence-Based Scaled-Up Model for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment




Katelyn M. Guastaferro, John R. Lutzker, Megan L. Graham, Jenelle R. Shanley, and Daniel J. Whitaker

Brief Type

Journal Publication


  • SafeCare/SafeCare Augmented


SafeCare is an evidence-based parent-training program that reduces child maltreatment, particularly neglect. The risk of child maltreatment, a public health issue affecting millions of U.S. children each year, can be markedly reduced by interventions such as SafeCare that deliver in-home services. Drawing from applied behavioral analysis roots, SafeCare focuses on providing parents with concrete skills in three areas: health, home safety, and parent-child/infant interaction. This paper will include an overview of the SafeCare model, an historical perspective of its history and dynamic development, description of the theoretical underpinnings of the model, a description of the program targets and content by describing its modules and delivery, an overview of program outcomes, and data discussion of dissemination and implementation. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Fidelity observations



For More Information

Guastaferro, K. M., Lutzker, J. R., Graham, M. L., Shanley, J. R., & Whitaker, D., J. (2012).  SafeCare: Historical perspective and dynamic development of an evidence-based scaled-up model for the prevention of child maltreatment. Psychosocial Intervention, 21(2), 171-180.
Author Contact Information:
Katelyn M. Guastaferro


  • Program Quality, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Fidelity