Sexual Assault Forensic Exam-Child Abuse Resource and Education


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The SAFE-CARE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examination-Child Abuse Resource and Education) Network was founded in 1989. The Network provides statewide training to physicians and nurse practitioners in the medical evaluation of alleged victims of child sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. In turn, Network physicians and nurse practitioners provide community and professional education regarding child maltreatment.

The primary objective of the SAFE-CARE Network is to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical evaluations to alleged child victims in their own communities. The Network includes pediatricians, family practice physicians, and nurse practitioners. Members encompass a wide range of experience, from urban to rural, small private practice to large children’s hospitals. Each plays a valuable role in providing a coordinated multidisciplinary response to child maltreatment in Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services administers the SAFE-CARE program and provides oversight. The SAFE-CARE Advisory Council provides guidance regarding services, education, networking, quality assurance, and consultation. Advisory Council members include professionals from nursing, medicine, social work, and child advocacy centers.

Requirements for New SAFE-CARE Provider Applicants:

  • Physician (MD or DO) or Nurse Practitioner;
  • Current Missouri license without restrictions;
  • Successful completion of SAFE-CARE Network background screening;
  • Successful completion of SAFE-CARE New Provider Training; and
  • Additional requirements for Nurse Practitioners:
    • Must have a collaborating physician who is a SAFE-CARE provider;
    • Collaborating physician must have at least as much SAFE-CARE training/experience as the nurse practitioner.