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The ATPE Podcast: Educators as Mandated Reporters

Association of Texas Professional Educators
Association of Texas Professional Educators

Date Posted: 2/01/2023

Mandated reporter laws are extremely important for the health and safety of our students. These requirements apply to all educators because of their unique position to identify possible child abuse or neglect. In Texas, mandated reporters cannot delegate these duties to an administrator or counselor, and failure to report within the prescribed timeframe may result in criminal and/or civil liability. So what legally constitutes abuse or neglect, and what should educators do when they find themselves in a situation where they are unsure if a child is in danger?

In this episode of The ATPE Podcast, ATPE Staff Attorney Celina Leal addresses the duties and legal concerns of educators as mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect.



The legal information provided here is accurate as of the date of publication. It is provided here for informative purposes only. Individual legal situations vary greatly, and readers needing individual legal advice should consult directly with an attorney. Please note: Rights based on the Texas Education Code may not apply to all. Many Texas Education Code provisions do not apply to public charter schools, and public school districts may have opted out of individual provisions through a District of Innovation plan. Eligible ATPE members may contact the ATPE Member Legal Services Department.