having cause to believe that a child’s physical or mental health or welfare
has been or may be adversely affected by abuse or neglect, or has died of
abuse of neglect, should IMMEDIATELY make a report.
PROFESSIONAL that has cause to believe that a child has been abused or
neglected is REQUIRED to make a report not later than 48 hours after the
professional first suspects that a child may be abused or neglected.
PROFESSIONAL may NOT delegate to or rely on another person to make the
PROFESSIONAL is an individual who is licensed or certified by the state or
who is an employee of a facility licensed, certified, or operated by the
state. This term includes: teachers, nurses, doctors, day-care employees, employees of a clinic or health care facility that provides reproductive services, juvenile probation officers, and juvenile detention or correctional officers.
REQUIREMENT to report applies without exception to an individual whose
personal communications may otherwise be privileged, including an attorney,
a member of the clergy, a medical practitioner, a social worker, a mental
health professional, and employee of a clinic or health care facility…
listen to the child and be aware of your reactions
report child abuse suspicions to law enforcement
or the Texas Child Abuse
Hotline # 1-800-252-5400
NOT try to investigate
or obtain information from others
NOT confront the
accused abuser or notify anyone other than authorities