Child Abuse Education for Healthcare Professionals


The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a long and distinguished history as a teaching institution. We are dedicated to sharing the most advanced learning about child abuse and the healthcare issues of children in foster care. In addition to formal physician fellowships, Safe Place provides training for physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals. We offer a number of educational programs for foster parents and for child welfare and law enforcement professionals. Our staff is nationally renowned for its expertise, teaching and educational programs.

Safe Place fosters an educational environment for training of the next generation of leaders in child abuse pediatrics, child welfare, trauma informed treatment, and legal advocacy. Our faculty provides education in child maltreatment at the local, regional and national levels.

Our educational commitments include:

Medical education

Social work and psychology education

Safe Place collaborates with the Social Work department to provide internships in assessment, management and family support in cases of suspected child maltreatment. In addition, we work closely with the Psychology Training Program to provide internships in the use of evidence-based treatment models for maltreated children.

Interdisciplinary education at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Field Center at the School of Social Policy and Practice
  • Department of Bioengineering
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Law

Regional and national education

For health, child welfare, legal and law enforcement colleagues