Key Programs

Safe Children, Safe Families

What it is?

The Safe Children Safe Families (SCSF) program is a unique evidence-based program. CAPS is the exclusive provider of SCSF in Australia.

The program uses a triad education model to ensure that the significant people in a child’s life and the children themselves receive the appropriate information, education and skills to support the safety of the child, develop emotional maturity, social competence and improved communication about sensitive issues.

The purpose of SCSF is to prevent all forms of child abuse, including sexual abuse. It does this by providing children with the necessary knowledge, skills and capabilities to avoid potentially abusive or unsafe situations and to get help sooner if they do experience abuse.

It also provides adults with the information and skills they need to better protect the children in their care.

How it was developed

The SCSF program was developed by Dr. Reina Michaelson in 2015. The safe Children, Safe Families program was specifically designed to provide the best practice of evidence based programs to childcare centres across Australia.

Its impact and effectiveness

Research gathered to examine the efficacy of the SCSF program has yielded positive results. Data collected from a sample of over 475 preschool-aged children demonstrated that they become better at identifying feelings, early warning signs and unsafe situations. Their retention of key personal safety messages improves, particularly with repetition, and they develop safety networks for accessing help and support if needed.

The personal safety concepts not only increase children’s resistance to potentially unsafe or abusive situations, but also increase their resilience and wellbeing both at home and in their communities.

Parents, carers and early-childhood educators who have participated in the SCSF program have provided overwhelmingly positive feedback.

SCSF increases the community’s awareness and skills in enhancing child wellbeing by:

  • Providing adults with the information and skills to better protect children.
  • Providing children with the information and skills they need to avoid potentially abusive situations and get assistance sooner, if required.
  • Empowering communities to proactively address child abuse.
  • Encouraging the community to be responsible for children’s needs.
  • Promoting a physically and emotionally safe community.
  • Enhancing children’s emotional maturity.
  • Enhancing children’s social competence.
  • Enhancing children’s communication skills.

The SCSF childcare workers program: professional development workshops

  • Professional development workshops include information and skills training for early childhood professionals to identify and address any concerns parents, children or other professionals have with child abuse risks, suspicions or disclosures. It includes their mandatory obligations and how to manage situations on a personal level with families.

The SCSF parents program: information sessions

  • The content of the information sessions for parents covers the same content delivered to children. However, parents learn about different child abuse prevention strategies.
  • It increases parents’ awareness of abuse, prevalence, type and distinctions of abuse.
  • The program reinforces parent safe actions, safety network and how to prevent unsafe situations for their children.

The SCSF Children’s Program  

The children’s portion of SCSF comprises three sessions

The evidence demonstrates the effectiveness of the program with preschool aged children (3 to 5 years of age).

  • SCSF sessions for pre-school children provides the foundations for personal safety.
  • It also improves children’s emotional maturity and self-awareness, social competence and empathy for other children, and it improves general communication skills.
  • These skills all help prepare children for school.
Therapeutic Playgroup

The CAPS @ Campsie supported playgroup is a weekly activity for parents and their children (0-5 years). This playgroup offers local parents and children a safe and supportive environment in which to strengthen their relationship through structured play activities, singing and signing, storytelling, art and craft.

Play engages multiple aspects of brain development, enhances social interactions and allows children to explore their world. At the same time, the CAPS professional team provide psychoeducational therapeutic interventions based on circle of security with the parents to enhance parent child safety and development.   Also available is direct parent education, case work and support services.

10.30am-12.30pm Tuesdays (during school term only), Rotary Community Centre, 34 North Parade, Campsie, NSW.

Register to attend. Email [email protected]

Nurturing Parent Program

CAPS Nurturing Parent Program provides families with a range of support services, tailored to each family’s specific needs. Families have access to one to one support, counselling or emotional support and referrals. This is an evidenced-based program that assists families in identifying their strengths and areas of need across 10 life domains – including family health, home and money, and community life. Our professional staff support the individual or family to set their personal goals and steps to work toward success.

To make an appointment with one of our nurturing parent workers please contact 02 9716 8000.

Evidence-based Parent Training

CAPS Nurturing Parent Program provides families with a range of support services, tailored to each family’s specific needs. Families have access to one to one support, counselling or emotional support and referrals. This is an evidenced-based program that assists families in identifying their strengths and areas of need across 10 life domains – including family health, home and money, and community life. Our professional staff support the individual or family to set their personal goals and steps to work toward success.

To make an appointment with one of our nurturing parent workers please contact 02 9716 8000.

Thriving Families Project

CAPS delivers two programs under the Thriving families Project.  The first is a perinatal program designed to support new and young parents (under 25 years) and anyone expecting a baby.  This program has a focus on developing a healthy parental relationship, knowledge and understanding about the changes that happen when you introduce a child into a family.  The program emphases developing a deep understanding for each parent about how they were parented and how to give their child and their relationship the best possible opportunity to become a healthy, functional and securely attached family.

The second program is the post-natal program for new and young parents (under 25) discover the joys of parenting, partnership and developing healthy families and engaging the child in a secure attachment development.   Many health and development issues are covered with both parents and support people.