Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection and Health

Safe Place Treatment and Support Program

About Safe Place Treatment and Support Program

The SAFE Place Treatment and Support Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provides services, including outpatient treatment, family support, psychoeducation, referrals and resources to children and families where there is known or suspected child sexual abuse.

Depending on the needs of the individual child and family, SAFE Place Treatment and Support therapists may:

In addition, SAFE Place clinicians may provide education and training about topics related to child sexual abuse to interested community agencies and parent groups.

Family support/psychoeducation

When sexual abuse is known or suspected to have occurred, it can be confusing and overwhelming. SAFE Place clinicians may support families by:

Outpatient treatment

In many cases, children who have experienced sexual abuse will benefit from trauma-focused psychotherapy to address symptoms related to the abuse. SAFE Place clinicians are trained in providing Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Participants can expect treatment duration to be 12 to 20 sessions.

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How do I know if my child needs help?

Possible symptoms or problems after experiencing a traumatic event include:

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What do I do (and not do) if my child experiences sexual abuse?

If your child does disclose to you that she/he has experienced sexual abuse:

Resist:

Do:

Visit the Resources for Families section for information on how to support sexual assault/abuse survivors.

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Report Child Abuse or Neglect

  • PA: 1-800-932-0313
  • NJ: 1-877-652-2873
  • DE: 1-800-292-9582
  • If the child is in immediate danger, call 911 first.