Caregivers' Perspectives On The Safecare® Programme: Implementing An Evidence‐Based Intervention For Child Neglect.
Gallitto, Elena. Romano, Elisa. Drolet, Marie.
Published: May 2018
Child and Family Social Work
Vol. 23, No. 2 , p. 307-315
John Wiley & Sons
111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
This qualitative study examined caregivers' experiences with SafeCare®, an evidence‐based programme that focuses on child neglect through modules on health, safety, and parenting. Shortly after completing SafeCare, 30 caregivers participated in a semi‐structured interview about their experiences with the programme. Overall, caregivers indicated that the programme helped with improvements in their parenting skills. Among the factors that contributed to a positive experience were the simplicity of language, the skills‐based approach, and the quality of the relationship with the SafeCare provider. Caregivers also noted several factors that made it difficult to fully benefit from the programme, including financial constraints, removal of their child from the home, and general distrust towards the child welfare system. Findings provide relevant information for SafeCare providers in terms of identifying areas that work well for caregivers completing the programme, as well as areas that might serve as impediments. Implications for contemporary child welfare practice are also considered. (Author abstract)
evidence based practice; child neglect; parent education; child safety; child health; parenting skills; child rearing; worker client relationships; barriers