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The Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics at Lurie Children’s offers a wide range of clinical services to patients and families in cases where child maltreatment is either suspected or has been identified. A child abuse pediatrician and social workers are on call 24/7 to ensure that, no matter when a child enters the hospital, our team is be available.
Clinical services include evaluation and management of suspected cases of child maltreatment, including:
Providing immediate psychosocial and medical assessments of children and families
Pooling the knowledge and coordinating efforts of the various disciplines and professionals within the hospital and those of outside agencies
Making medical recommendations and coordinating with outside agencies to strive for the best possible outcomes for our patients.
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:
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