A student tells you he or she is being abused. What do you do? This is very important because YOU could lose your certificate, face an investigation by Child Protective Services, lose your job, face criminal action, and be sued. According to Section 261.101(a) of the Texas Family Code, “Any person having cause to believe that a child’s physical or mental health or welfare has been adversely affected by abuse or neglect by any person shall immediately make a report.” This law requires any school personnel or school volunteers to make a report of child abuse or neglect. Additionally, the statute specifically requires that professionals such as teachers, nurses, day-care workers, and counselors make a report if they suspect that a child has been abused or neglected or may be abused or neglected. The professional may NOT delegate the duty to report to another person, such as a principal or counselor.
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