The Center for Safe and Healthy Families provides medical and mental health services to suspected victims of child abuse and neglect and their families. Our mission is to address child maltreatment through medical assessment, mental health treatment, education and research while in keeping with the Primary Children's Hospital motto, "The Child First and Always."

Our multidisciplinary team of child abuse pediatricians and nurse practitioners, child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, forensic nurses, social workers and therapists provide evaluation and management of potentially abused and trauma-exposed children.

Medical & Mental Health Services

Doctors and nurses at the Center help determine the causes of injuries and illnesses. Children who are suspected victims of physical or sexual abuse receive specialized medical evaluation to determine the child’s wellbeing as well as document any existing evidence of injury or neglect.

Therapy is provided to assist children who are experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems related to child abuse, including sexualized behavior and aggression. Therapists specialize in evidence-based practices that are based on objective data and research.

What Sets Us Apart

The Only Comprehensive Program in Utah

Our program is the only comprehensive child abuse evaluation and treatment program in the sate of the Utah. Because we are a Primary Children's Hospital and University of Utah collaborative program, we have access to all pediatric subspecialties to ensure the highest quality of care for pediatric patients. 

Community Partnerships & Access

We partner with community professionals throughout Utah and the Intermountain West, including other hospitals, clinics, schools, law enforcement, and Child Protective Services, to provide the right care for the patient in the right place at the right time. We offer evaluation and management of patients in counties throughout Utah. Our locations include Primary Children's Hospital and the Primary Children's Eccles Outpatient Services center, and Children's Justice Centers in 16 Utah counties.

Safe & Healthy Families Fellowship 

The University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and the Center for Safe and Healthy Families at Primary Children's Hospital, offers a three-year post-residency fellowship in child abuse pediatrics. The goal of the fellowship is to provide board eligible physicians with valuable training in child abuse pediatrics that will prepare them for a career dedicated to the field of Child Abuse Pediatrics. Learn more.

How to Report Abuse & Neglect

If you are in an emergency situation, always first call 911. If you have a concern that a child has been abused or neglected and it is not an immediate emergency, call the Division of Child & Family Services at 1-855-323-DCFS.

How to Refer to the Center for Safe & Healthy Families

Medical assessment referrals can be made through the Physician Access Line at (801) 662-1662. Referrals for mental health therapy can be made by calling the intake coordinator at (801) 662-3601. For urgent medical or mental health situations after hours, the on-call physician can be reached through the hospital operator at (801) 662-1000.


About Our Program

We provide medical and mental health services to suspected victims of child abuse and neglect and their families.
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Learn more about the medical and mental health services we offer throughout the state of Utah. 
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What to Expect

Learn what to expect during a medical assessment by the Safe & Healthy Families team.