Wesley Brighter Futures has been part of an innovative pilot of the SafeCare model, a program that has been shown to reduce child abuse and neglect. Developed by Georgia State University, the training program helps to enhance caseworkers’ capacity to deliver positive parenting skills to families with young children.
How does the SafeCare model work?
SafeCare is an evidence-based, behavioural skills training program for parents of children identified as being at-risk or who have been reported to child protection services.
Caseworkers visit participants in their homes weekly for about an hour to help them through the practical side of parenting.
The parent learns transferable skills in preparing a child for a task, how to prompt better behaviour during the activity and finally how to wrap things up through communication techniques.
The course has a key focus on the basics of looking, touching, talking, feeling and smiling as communication tools between parent and child.
Wesley Brighter Futures
Offered across Western Sydney—from Auburn, Parramatta, Blacktown and Baulkham Hills right through to Penrith, Hawkesbury and up to Katoomba—the voluntary program provides families with the necessary services required to prevent the escalation of concerns for children from birth to eight years old.