Child Abuse Prevention Overview
NEW: It's National Child Abuse Prevention Month! Resources have been updated.
Texas Education Code (TEC) §38.004 relates to information and training for public school educators in the prevention of child abuse. The agency shall:
- maintain on the agency website a list of links to websites that provide information regarding the prevention of child abuse; and
- develop and periodically update a training program on prevention of child abuse that a school district may use for staff development.
TEC §38.0041 relates to school district policies addressing sexual abuse of children and the establishment of a state strategy to reduce child abuse and neglect and improve child welfare. The implementation of this law will be instrumental in the development of best practices for student and school safety. The safety of our students is of the utmost importance to TEA and every school district in the state of Texas. Any campus can be the target of violence and the distribution of information will enable districts to utilize a benchmark to measure their efforts to keep their schools safe and secure.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services includes information districts may utilize to implement TEC §38.0041.
The Promoting Healthy Families in Your Community (2008 Resource) is produced by the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ (USDHHS) Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect. The USDHHS has created the premier resource for educators and other interested parties. This resource is provided to support a wide range of service providers to assist in effectively promote healthy families.
Research has demonstrated that five important factors can help protect children from the risk of child abuse and neglect.
- Nurturing and attachment
- Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
- Parental resilience
- Social connections
- Concrete support for parents
It is with this focus we hope school districts will utilize this information for staff development as well as parental support in creating and promoting healthy families. Further information can be found at USDHHS.
Detailed information on the responsibilities and the process for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect is accessible on the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) website. Resources include tools and information specifically designed for school personnel.
- DFPS provides an online training "Reporting Suspected Abuse or Neglect of a Child" that includes video tutorials on mandatory reporting in the school setting. This web-based training tool and video module can be used to train school staff on how to make and file a report. A certificate of completion is available immediately after completing training
- The Texas Attorney General's office, in cooperation with Texas CASA, has developed a resource guide.
- The Texas Health & Human Services Commission, Center for the Elimination of Disproportional and Disparities has developed "A Guide for Mandatory Reporters - Achieving equity for Texas' most vulnerable citizens" and an online training is available. A certificate of completion is immediately available after completing the training.
- Dallas Children's Advocacy Center has a new online training on "Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse," available also in Spanish. A certificate of completion is immediately available after completing the training.
- Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc. have centers throughout Texas. For more information on training opportunities and child abuse reporting information that may be available within your community and for contact information of your local center visit their website.
- DFPS has regions throughout Texas. Contact your local regional DFPS office for more information on child abuse and neglect reporting and training opportunities that may be available.
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