The Texas Family Code requires any individual suspecting child abuse to report their suspicions to 1-800-252-5400 (a state-wide intake located in Austin), or 911. Though this is a legal responsibility, it is more importantly a moral responsibility. If we don't protect our children, who will?
You may also file a report of suspected abuse using a secure web site - www.txabusehotline.org
When making a report of suspected abuse, be prepared to provide the following information:
- Child's name, age and address
- Brief description of the child
- Current injuries, medical problems or behavioral problems
- Parents' names and names of siblings in the home
Reports of child abuse or neglect made in "good faith" and "without malice" are confidential and immune from civil liability. The law provides for immunity from civil or criminal liability for innocent persons who report even unfounded suspicions, as long as the report is made in good faith.
Failure to report suspected child abuse is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $1,500 or imprisonment up to 180 days, or both fine and imprisonment. – Excerpts from Children First: Safe and Secure Child Abuse Prevention Kit.
If you are concerned about what happens if you suspect abuse, report it and you are wrong, we implore you to also consider what happens if you suspect abuse, do not report, and you are right!