Child Abuse Prevention

Child Abuse Prevention

Through our child abuse prevention work, we help ensure a safe environment for children and educate professionals and the public.

Penn State Children’s Hospital is leading the way in the prevention of child abuse through our education, research, and treatment programs.

Who to call

If you suspect a child is a victim of abuse, call ChildLine at

800-932-0313 or send in a report online.

Penn State Center for the Protection of ChildrenCenter for the Protection of Children

The Children’s Hospital is home to the Center for the Protection of Children, a facility committed to providing outstanding, compassionate care to the most vulnerable members of our society. The center’s medical director is Dr. Lori D. Frasier, an internationally recognized expert on child abuse.

Bringing together a team of pediatricians, researchers, educators, lawyers, psychologists, social workers, and bioethicists, the center is leading the way on child abuse research, education, and advocacy.

Its Look Out for Child Abuse website, launched in 2010, includes Pennsylvania's only web-based tool for reporting suspected abuse.

The TLC (Transforming the Lives of Children) Clinic is a both a medical clinic for children in out-of-home placement and a mental health clinic for children who’ve suffered the effects of trauma and abuse.

Pennsylvania Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Program

Shaken Baby Syndrome is a type of child abuse that can lead to serious brain damage or death. It usually results from a parent or caregiver shaking a baby who won’t stop crying. Through the Pennsylvania Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Program, nurse coordinators provide guidance and support to all children's and birthing hospitals and free standing birth centers in Pennsylvania.

The nurse coordinators offer Pennsylvania State Nurses Association-approved formal in-service training for nursing staff. Funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, this training provides hospital staff with the guidelines and community standards of nursing practice necessary for compliance with Pennsylvania Law 2002 – 176, the Shaken Baby Syndrome Education Act.