According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, “…anyone who suspects that a child is being abused or neglected has a legal obligation to report it. Professional reporters are required to report suspicion of abuse or neglect within 48 hours.
A Professional Reporter is anyone licensed or certified by the state or works for an agency or facility licensed or certified by the state and has contact with children as a result of their normal duties. By law, professionals may not delegate their duty to report to another person such as a coworker or family member.
Professional reporters include, but are not limited to:
- Daycare employees
- Employees of a clinic or health care facility that provides reproductive services
- Juvenile probation, detention or correctional officers
It is the responsibility of professionals to report and the responsibility of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to investigate allegations or suspicions of abuse or neglect.”
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|Texas Education Code § 38.0041. Policies Addressing Sexual Abuse and Other Maltreatment of Children.
(a) Each school district and open-enrollment charter school shall adopt and implement a policy addressing sexual abuse and other maltreatment of children , to be included in the district improvement plan under Section 11.252 and any informational handbook provided to students and parents.
(b) A policy required by this section must address:
(c) The methods under Subsection (b)(1) for increasing awareness of issues regarding sexual abuse and other maltreatment of children must include training, as provided by this subsection, concerning prevention techniques for and recognition of sexual abuse and all other maltreatment of children. The training:
(d) For any training under Subsection (c), each school district and open-enrollment charter school shall maintain records that include the name of each district or charter school staff member who participated in the training.
(e) If a school district or open-enrollment charter school determines that the district or charter school does not have sufficient resources to provide the training required under Subsection (c), the district or charter school shall work in conjunction with a community organization to provide the training at no cost to the district or charter school.
(f) The training under Subsection (c) may be included in staff development under Section 21.451.
(g) A school district or open-enrollment charter school employee may not be subject to any disciplinary proceeding, as defined by Section 22.0512(b), resulting from an action taken in compliance with this section. The requirements of this section are considered to involve an employee’s judgment and discretion and are not considered ministerial acts for purposes of immunity from liability under Section 22.0511. Nothing in this section may be considered to limit the immunity from liability provided under Section 22.0511.
(h) For purposes of this section, “other maltreatment” has the meaning assigned by Section 42.002, Human Resources Code.
Last Amended: 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 443, Sec. 34, eff. June 14, 2013
According to Texas Education Code § 38.0041 (c)(2).
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