Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection and Health

Safe Place Research

Safe Place has a strong commitment to advancing the medical community's understanding of child maltreatment, its consequences, prevention and the impact on children in substitute care.

We have a large database devoted to the medical and development status of children in the child welfare system, which will be used to influence future policy and practice. Our program physicians have pioneered advances in the understanding of abuse-related head trauma, skeletal injuries and the evaluation of sexually abused children. The Hospital’s clinical research members are experts in child maltreatment and health issues for children in foster care.

Current research interests

Our research aims at improving the medical evaluation of maltreated children. Our current research interests include:

Research collaborations

Safe Place faculty conducts research through several centers within the CHOP Research Institute and other research programs at Penn and in the Philadelphia area. Strong relationships within the Division of General Pediatrics have fostered collaborations with CHOP’s PolicyLab and Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness.

Listed below are some highlights of our research collaborations.


PolicyLab informs program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research to improve children's well-being. This is accomplished by transforming “evidence to action” through responding to community needs relevant to policy priorities.

Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness

The Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE) promotes research on how to best manage pediatric illnesses, disseminates knowledge gained from this research, and implements best practices to improve the quality of care delivered to children in the CHOP Care Network.

Center for Injury Research and Prevention

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention is dedicated to advancing the safety and health of children, adolescents and young adults through comprehensive research resulting in practical tools to reduce injury and promote recovery.

Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center

The Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center team designs, implements and evaluates programs that enhance the resiliency of communities affected by violence. PCVPC researchers are committed not only to determining which interventions are most effective, but also to ensuring that these programs can be sustained in local communities through ongoing collaborations between scientists and community members.

Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress

The Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress is a multidisciplinary intervention development center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, with a focus on addressing medical traumatic stress. The goal of the program is to provide ill and injured children and their families the resources they need to cope with traumatic stress caused by violence-related injuries.

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