Child Abuse Prevention and Safey Resources for EMS Professionals


Texas EMS professionals or others who are required by Texas Family Code to report abuse. Remember, when in doubt, let the experts at the Child Abuse Hotline make the determination. And always document all the information about a call.

Child Abuse Prevention
Child Safety

Child Abuse Prevention

Reporting Child Abuse
If you suspect abuse, call Texas Child Protective Services at 800/252-5400.   
Child Protective Services
Texas Family Code 261.101 requires health professionals to report suspected child abuse and 261.103 defines where the report must be made.
Texas statutory definitions of child abuse and neglect

Recognizing signs of child abuse

Questions to ask in identifying indicators of abuse
Risk factors for child mistreatment

Who abuses and neglects children
Behavioral indicators of abuse
Emotional injuries to children
Recognizing Sexual Abuse

JEMS October 2011 Article- EMS Providers Can Identify Child Abuse


Child Abuse Resources- Texas
Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas supports children’s advocacy centers (CACs) in partnership with local communities and agencies investigating and prosecuting child abuse.
Help and Hope helps parents learn where to find the help you need to begin your journey toward becoming a healthier, happier family.

Keep Children Safe Poster

Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Program works contracts with community-based programs and agencies to provide a variety of services that help prevent abuse, neglect, delinquency, and truancy of Texas children.


Child Abuse Resouces- National
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
The Children’s Bureau supports programs, research, and monitoring systems that prevent child abuse and neglect while ensuring that children who are victims receive treatment and care.
The National Children’s Advocacy Center models, promotes, and delivers excellence in child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership.
Prevent Child Abuse America- produces many publications that are available to download or purchase directly from the HFA Program web site.
Shaken Baby Alliance Information on Shaken Baby Alliance    


Child Safety

Safety Programs- Texas
Safe Kids Austin consists of more than 30 community, civic and state organizations. The Coalitions’ initiatives include classroom-based programs and educational events for families. The Coalition focuses on promoting safety in vehicles, around water and while walking and biking.
Safe Riders Traffic Safety Program provides helpful information about child passenger safety including links to related local and national websites.
Think Child Safety is an injury prevention program assisting in the reduction of injuries and death among children. The program teaches children about 911, car seat safety, gun safety, fire safety, bicycle safety, water safety, CPR and First Aid, and pedestrian safety.
The DSHS Audiovisual Library has various EMS materials/videos available on loan Call 512-776-7260 for information.
Room to Breathe campaign provides information and on safe sleeping practices for infants.
Vehicle Safety & Hot Cars: Look Before You Lock provides information on what you can do to ensure that all children safely exit the vehicle after every trip.
Watch Kids Around Water campaign provides information on water safety for children, at home and outdoors.



Safety Programs- National
National Child Safety Council provides educational materials on a wide range of topics
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration- Parent Central provides information and resources for keeping kids safe when they are on the move. 
Safe Kids Worldwide works to keep children safe from preventable injury through research, public policy and, education and awareness programs.
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Last updated February 24, 2015