Reporting Child Abuse
FOR SCHOOL PERSONNEL:
If a student reports abuse to you, you have been honored with the child's trust. You are the first outcry witness. Legally, it cannot be reported by another person. In order to get that child help, you must report the abuse as reported to you. By law, you are required to report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
WHEN TO REPORT:
Texas law requires any person believing that a child has been or is being abused or neglected to report it immediately. The more time that elapses between the incident and the report, the more difficult it may be for Child Protective Services to locate the child or family and to gather information needed to protect the child.
Professionals must report suspected abuse within 48 hours. A professional may not delegate to or rely on another person to make the report. (Texas Family Code, Section 261.101)
Your reporting does not have to be reported to the principal or counselor FIRST. You MAY CHOOSE to report to us first, but it is not a requirement. It is law that you, as the first outcry witness, make the report. If you feel it is an immediate emergency, call 911. If it is an immediate problem that you think needs immediate attention, please call the abuse/neglect hotline at 1-800-252-5400.
We have attached a reporting form for you to print and complete while you gather your information before going to the Hotline.