Established in the UK by Durham-based philanthropist Sir Peter Vardy in 2013, the Safe Families model originates in Chicago where it began in 2003, the idea of a child psychologist called Dr. David Anderson.
Safe Families for Children has proven highly effective in stabilising families at times of crisis, preventing child neglect and abuse, and has contributed to reductions of up to 50% in the numbers of children entering the foster care system in some American states. Safe Families is now operational in 65 cities across 35 states and over 20,000 children in the USA have benefitted from the intervention.
Starting from a pilot in the North East in 2013, Safe Families has now spread across the UK to Mersey, Manchester, the Midlands, the South Coast, Scotland and Wales. In the UK Safe Families has provided over 1700 respite bed nights to children, with hundreds of families and children benefitting from support.