Clergy as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect - Texas

Date: April 2019

The Requirement for Clergy to Report 

Citation: Fam. Code § 261.101

Any person who has reasonable cause to believe that a child's physical or mental health or welfare has been adversely affected by abuse or neglect by any person shall immediately make a report as required by law.

Privileged Communications

Citation: Fam. Code § 261.101 

The requirement to report under this section applies, without exception, to an individual whose personal communications may otherwise be privileged, including an attorney, a member of the clergy, a medical practitioner, a social worker, a mental health professional, and an employee of a clinic or health-care facility that provides reproductive services.