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Texas Family Code § 261.101 sets forth professionals who are required to report instances of child abuse and neglect (including sexual abuse). These professionals include teachers and daycare employees, professionals licensed by the state, medical care professionals, and juvenile probation officers and juvenile detention or correctional officers. Any other person who has cause to believe that a child has been adversely affected by abuse or neglect is also required to make a report.
Professionals must report to authorities within 48 hours after the professional first suspects that the child has been or may be abused or neglected.
Failure to report is a misdemeanor.
Texas Fam. Code § 261.001 provides that ‘abuse’ means the following acts or omissions by a person:
The term ‘abuse’ includes the following acts or omissions by a person:
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