Many allegations of child molestation and sexual abuse begin with the child reporting the incident to a teacher or another school employee.
As mandated reporters, educators and other school staff must remain informed on the topic of child abuse. School personnel represents the largest professional resource for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect in Texas. Education leaders can promote awareness of Texas laws and the safety of Texas students by developing effective reporting policies, programs, and employee training.
Texas Education Code (TEC) §38.004 covers child abuse reporting and programs. It specifies that:
TEC §38.0041 requires school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to:
Each school district and open-enrollment charter school must also maintain records that include the name of each district or charter school staff member who participates in the training. This training must include:
TEC §38.0042 requires all school campuses to post in at least one high-traffic area, in both English and Spanish, a poster, at student eye-level, with information that includes the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Abuse hotline telephone number, instructions to call 911 and directions to the www.txabusehotline.org.
TASB – Freedom from Abuse, Discrimination and Bullying – The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Policy Service Model Student Handbook has information and resources on child abuse and maltreatment.
Texas Family Code Chapter 261 – Read more about Investigations and reports of child abuse and neglect.
Texas Administrative Code §61.1051 – Read more about reports on child abuse and neglect.
The criminal defense attorneys in Texas at Stuckle & Associates PLLC represent clients who have been charged with child sexual abuse crimes. Contact our offices at (972) 423-4405 to schedule an initial consultation, either in the office or on the phone.
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