ChildSafe is a trauma-focused care center for child victims and child survivors of abuse and neglect and their non-offending family members. It brings together health professionals, state agencies, law enforcement, and legal teams to ensure that more cases are reported and prosecuted, while the survivors get the help they need. The new ChildSafe headquarters brings this entire system, which previously had been spread across three campuses, under one roof, creating a restorative environment for victims, their families, and ChildSafe staff.
Located on the east side of San Antonio, the campus leverages the healing power of nature by creating a new park system that connects three existing parks’—Salado Creek, Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, and Martin Luther King’—with a new park and hike-and-bike trail system, as well as the surrounding community. The primary design challenge resulted from competing protocols of the various organizations that are housed within the facility. Child Protective Services and the San Antonio Police Department are required to follow strict guidelines to ensure that no case is jeopardized by a technical error and that families are kept safe.
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