Our CARE (Child Abuse Resource and Education) Program exists specifically to ensure that the kids we see in our clinical settings are safe, healthy and not in abusive situations.
The CARE Program serves as the clinical consult service for child abuse at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. The CARE team provides medical and psychosocial assessments of children in whom abuse and/or neglect is suspected. The team evaluates for a broad spectrum of child maltreatment, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, medical child abuse and various types of neglect. The team’s goals are to ensure that children are safe and healthy and that child maltreatment is identified and managed appropriately.
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The CARE program interfaces with multiple clinical specialists (psychology, radiology and other pediatric subspecialties) as well as non-medical community partners such as the legal system, law enforcement and Child Protective Services to provide comprehensive care of children who may be abused or neglected.
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Reporting Child Abuse
According to Texas law, if you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, it must be reported to DFPS. Reporting is confidential and immune from civil or criminal liability if done in good faith. A person who does not report suspected abuse can be held liable. Texas Family Code 261.101 states that professionals are required to report. A professional, for purposes of the reporting laws, is an individual who is licensed or certified by the State or who is an employee of a facility licensed, certified or operated by the State and who, in the normal course of official duties or duties for which a license or certification is required, has direct contact with children. Professionals include:
- Teachers or daycare employees
- Nurses, doctors or employees of a clinic or healthcare facility that provides reproductive services
- Juvenile probation officers or juvenile detention or correctional officers
Child Protective Services: 1-800-252-5400