Over the last 40 years, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has developed the region's — and one of the nation's — most comprehensive programs to address the critical issues of child abuse, neglect and placement in substitute care.
Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection and Health is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, psychologists, social workers and other Hospital personnel. Our mission is to provide the best care to children and families dealing with child abuse or neglect.
Our Child Protection (SCAN) Team provides evaluation of hospitalized children who are suspected victims of child maltreatment.
The CARE (Child Abuse, Referral and Evaluation) Clinic provides medical assessment and physical and behavioral treatment for suspected child abuse victims, supports parents (biologic and foster) in the care of abused and neglected children, and is the outpatient clinical service at CHOP for abused and/or neglected children.
In addition, the Safe Place Treatment and Support Program provides services, including outpatient treatment, family support, psychoeducation, referrals and resources to children and families where there is known or suspected child sexual abuse.
Our center is a national leader in providing professional training, including a three-year ACGME accredited fellowship in child abuse pediatrics, and research to advance knowledge and to support policy changes to improve the quality of life for maltreated children and families.
Safe Place provides help to patients and families, community and legislative advocacy for maltreated children by: