Child Abuse Prevention

The Protective Services Team (PST), formerly Child Abuse Pediatrics, 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. 

Lurie Children's Protective Services Team

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

Our Specialists

Meet the Protective Services team. 

Clinical Work

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



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


We're currently conducting clinical trials within our research studies. Learn more.


We offer a child abuse pediatrics fellowship, a unique opportunity for professionals interested in child abuse pediatrics:  We also host the Annual Child Maltreatment SymposiumLearn more.


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. We 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.

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