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Safe Start

Safe Start, a part of the DHS Office of Community Services is a program dedicated to improving outcomes for children who witness violence either in their homes or communities and through the media and video games. Safe Start provides trainings to professionals and families about how to recognize the effect witnessing violence has on young children and how to assist them in processing their responses. These trainings are based on the Safe Havens model developed by the Fred Rogers Company (formerly Family Communications, Inc.); Safety Kids, Inc.'s program Charlie Check-First and the American Psychological Association's ACT: Raising Safe Kids. Additionally, Safe Start Behavioral Health staff provides consultation and collaboration with program sites where an agreement has been reached to meet the individual needs of parents and families related to child development and their children’s exposure to violence as indicated through assessments and referrals.

Anti-luring Tips
Helpful suggestions for children and their parents about how to be aware and stay safe in a neighborhood setting.

New pdf.gif Helping Children Cope with Violence - What Parents Can Do
In light of recent national tragedies the National Institute of Mental Health released this document to provide information to parents.

Training Programs 

Parent Pages 


Contact us:  412-350-3693 or safestart@alleghenycounty.us

Available Training Programs 

  • Safe Havens , produced by the Fred Rogers Company (formerly Family Communications, Inc)
  • Check-First, developed by Safety Kids, Inc., and other safety trainings for children, teachers, and parents
  • ACT: Raising Safe Kids, developed by the American Psychological Association
  • Stress management for parents and children
  • Domestic Violence
  • Effects of violence on children
  • Children and domestic violence
  • Helping children following traumatic events
  • Grief and loss in children
  • Separation and loss
  • Attachment in children
  • Teaching children to self-manage
  • Taking good care of yourself
  • Preparing your child for kindergarten
  • Communication Skills in Families
  • Communicating with your child
  • Anger management
  • Dealing with difficult people

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Safe Start Parent Pages
This one-page pdf booklet contains tips for parents.

Safe Start PDF Booklet 


Newsletters - ACT Raising Safe Kids
All documents below are in pdf pdf.gif format.

Raising Safe Kids - Newsletter 10-2014
Raising Safe Kids - Newsletter 8-2014
Raising Safe Kids - Newsletter 6-2014
Raising Safe Kids - Newsletter 4-2014 
Raising Safe Kids - Newsletter 2-2014 

Raising Safe Kids - Newsletter 2013
Raising Safe Kids - Newsletter 2012  

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