It is the Child Protective Services' (CPS) position that school personnel should NOT investigate allegations or suspicions of abuse or neglect. This is a Department of Family and Protective Services's responsibility. As soon as the school employee has pertinent information concerning the alleged or suspected abuse or neglect, a report must be made.
All cases of alleged Child Abuse and Neglect must be reported immediately to CPS and/or Law Enforcement.
Follow these steps to ensure Dallas I S D reporting procedures are followed.
If the child is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 first then call the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400
If the child is NOT in immediate danger, make a report to CPS using the hotline or the abuse website http://www.txabusehotline.org and / or call Local Law Enforcement.
Only allegations which involve District employees will require the school principal or assistant principal to inform the District.
Once a report to CPS and/or Law Enforcement has been completed, the principal or assistant principal will need to complete a Critical Incident Report located on the School Leadership Web Page.
Click here to access the Critical Incident Reporting System. (Use EAD credentials to log in - twice from an apple product)
Emergency Situations are those where a child, adult with disabilities, or person who is elderly faces an immediate risk of abuse or neglect that could result in death or serious harm. The internet reporting system http://www.txabusehotline.org should NOT be used in urgent or emergency situations, including but not limited to the following:
- Serious Injuries
- Injuries to a child 5 years or younger
- Immediate need for medical care (including a suicidal child)
- Sexual abuse where the perpetrator has access, or will have access, to the child within the next 24 hours
- Chidren age five and under are alone or are likely to be left alone within the next 24 hours
- Any other situation which requires a response in less than 24 hours.
Reports to the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services (CPS) can be made 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All reports are kept confidential and may be anonymous.
For more information on reporting Suspected Abuse or Neglect of a Child visit Texas Department of Family and Protective Services