Here Are The Mandatory Reporting Laws In Texas

Texas

(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse?  Yes. State law says 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.”

(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Yes, because everyone must report.

(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Yes, because everyone must report.

(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes; failing to report is a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

Notes:  The law also sets a standard for “professional” reporters, who are defined as people licensed by the state or who work for a state-licensed facility of any type. A professional reporter, such as a teacher or a doctor, can face felony charges for failing to report.

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