The primary mission of the SAFE-CARE Network is to provide every abused child easy access to quality and compassionate medical care to ensure their own health and safety through proper diagnosis and treatment. This is typically performed as a scheduled visit to a SAFE-CARE provider at a Child Advocacy Center or clinic in the child’s community. Some SAFE-CARE providers are available to respond to emergency departments or hospitals when medically necessary or provide expert consultation/review of medical records if direct care of the child is not possible.
COMMITMENT TO QUALITY
The SAFE-CARE Network is committed to ensuring that all children have access to quality medical examinations by offering numerous training opportunities for SAFE-CARE providers, other medical providers, and non-medical professionals involved in the investigation and care of maltreated children. All SAFE-CARE providers complete the following requirements, as SAFE-CARE providers must be the leading medical experts to recognize, respond, refer, report, and reduce the incidence of child maltreatment in the state of Missouri.
New provider training is an annual two-day conference focused on instructing new SAFE-CARE providers on caring for physically and sexually abused children in their communities.
Update training is designed to keep active SAFE-CARE providers up to date on new and advanced topics. Providers may choose to attend an annual, all-day update conference and/or may remotely attend regularly scheduled webinars.
Mentoring by a Missouri-based Child Abuse Pediatrician is a valuable support system for providers in the community and provides easy access to expert consultation when needed.
Peer Review/Case Review sessions occur regularly to encourage the learning process with the aim of continual improvement
SAFE-CARE providers understand that their work does not end when a patient walks out of the room. The care of maltreated children requires close collaboration with other agencies and institutions responsible for the health and safety of children. This involves producing a meaningful report, communicating with multi-disciplinary team members, and testifying in court when necessary.
Want to speak to someone directly about SAFE-CARE? Call Missouri KidsFirst at 573-632-4600.
For questions about the SAFE-CARE program contact Jennifer Sommerfeld-Sager.
The SAFE-CARE Network believes EVERY child who may have been abused needs to be offered an evaluation by a SAFE-CARE provider
Missouri KidsFirst Manages the SAFE-CARE Network
The success of the SAFE-CARE Network depends on these partnerships:
Missouri Divison of Health and Senior Services: Administers the funds to support the SAFE-CARE Network.
SAFE-CARE Resource Centers: American Board of Pediatrics Certified Child Abuse Pediatricians at the 3 Missouri children’s hospitals are responsible for training and supporting Providers across the state.
SAFE-CARE Providers: Physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who successfully maintain ongoing educational requirements, provide direct patient care to the maltreated children in their communities, and collaborate with local multi-disciplinary team members. Providers encompass a wide range of experience: urban to rural, small private practice to large children’s hospitals. Each plays a valuable role in providing a coordinated medical response to child maltreatment in Missouri.