Child Abuse Pediatrics

child-abuse-pediatrics-team.jpgThe Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics and Protective Services Team (PST), identifies and treats children that are victims of abuse and neglect. The team’s goal is to ensure that all children served by the hospital are in a safe and healthy environment.

We train professionals, parents and the community about the prevention, identification and treatment of child abuse and neglect, including:   

  • Common triggers of maltreatment
  • Recognizing abuse and neglect
  • Stressors that may lead to child abuse
  • How to report abuse and neglect

Our Specialists

Meet the Protective Services team. 

Safety & Well-Being (SAW) Clinic


The division also offers the Safety and Well-Being (SAW) Clinic. This multidisciplinary clinic provides a wide range of clinical services and support to patients and families in cases where child maltreatment is either suspected or has been identified.

In order to provide the best care and safety for the patients, please be aware that it may be important to discuss the concerns and patient presentation — as well as how to proceed — with the SAW team when calling with a referral to the clinic.

These services may include:

  • Medical assessment of children, including medical imaging and laboratory tests
  • Psychosocial evaluation of children and families by a licensed clinical social worker
  • Coordination of various disciplines and professionals within the hospital, as well as with collaborating agencies
  • Help with resources for families, providers and collaborating agencies

The multidisciplinary team includes the following disciplines:

  • Attending Physician: Board-certified child abuse pediatrician
  • Fellow Physician: Pediatrician in training to become a child abuse specialist
  • Social Worker: Performs psychosocial evaluations, provides social and emotional support and assists caregivers throughout the assessment process
  • Child Life Specialist: Expert in child development who helps minimize stress for children during potentially challenging experiences and promotes coping through play and age-appropriate preparation and education
  • Nurse: Provides care by assisting the team in exams, treatments and routine care

Clinic Hours

  • Mondays: 12:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 12:30–4:30 p.m.
  • Fridays: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Clinic Location 

Lurie Children's Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park
2515 N. Clark Street/467 W. Deming Place, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60614-3393

Make an Appointment 

To make an appointment, please call 312.227.2580.

SAW Mental Health Clinic

An outpatient therapist is available to work with caregivers and children (ages 5–17 years) to develop coping skills, help to identify and regulate emotions and directly address traumatic events a child may have experienced. The therapeutic approach used in clinic is Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). TF-CBT is highly studied and is found to be one of the most effective types of therapy to help children who have experienced physical or sexual abuse. The therapy involves the caregiver and the child to help the entire family heal.

Clinic Hours

Monday through Thursday
9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Clinic Location

Ann Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Avenue 
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment, please call 312.227.2580.

Clinical Work

The PST provides psychosocial and medical assessments of children and makes recommendations to cooperating agencies for treatment plans.

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We coordinate efforts of experts within the hospital and from external public and voluntary agencies to better serve children and their families.

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Training & Education

Consulting and educating the various disciplines and professions serving children and families in the hospital and community are essential parts of our team's focus. Our annual Annual Child Maltreatment Symposium allows us to reach out to other child abuse pediatricians, community physicians and pediatricians, social workers, teachers, attorneys, DCFS workers, nurses and anyone else whose discipline involves care for children to ensure that everyone is prepared to recognize and respond to suspected cases of child maltreatment.

We also offer a child abuse pediatrics fellowship, a unique opportunity for professionals interested in child abuse pediatrics. Learn more or contact Kirsten Simonton, MD, at 312.227.6847

Prevention & Support Services

To report suspected child abuse and neglect in Illinois, call 1.800.252.2873 (1.800.25.ABUSE). 

Contact Us

To speak with us, please e-mail or call 312.227.6220.


Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at or call 312.227.7500