Child Abuse

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UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Child Abuse Program encompasses the Referral and Evaluation of At-Risk Children (REACH) clinic at Children’s Health. Our medical providers are specially trained and certified in child abuse pediatrics.

The Referral and Evaluation of At-Risk Children (REACH) clinic’s goal is not only to treat patients with the highest quality of care, but also to identify children who are at risk and make appropriate referrals. If abuse or neglect is determined in any patient treated at the clinic, child welfare services will be contacted.

The clinic is staffed by specially trained physicians, as well as pediatric nurse practitioners who are experienced in recognizing the signs of child abuse and neglect and intervening when appropriate.

After evaluation, we ensure each child gets the treatment they need – including psychosocial support and other resources to help overcome the difficulties associated with physical abuse, sexual abuse, failure to thrive, and neglect.

Learn more about the REACH clinic at Children’s Health.

Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence

In the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence at Children’s Health, physicians and pediatric nurse practitioners are experienced in treating foster care children who have been abused or neglected. The clinic provides comprehensive primary medical and psychological care and case management services to children in the custody of Texas Child Protective Services.

Reporting Abuse or Neglect

The Texas Family Code requires any person who has cause to believe a child's physical or mental health or welfare has been, or may be, adversely affected by abuse or neglect to report it to the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services – Child Protective Services

Failure to report is a crime. Any person reporting in good faith is immune from liability, civil or criminal.

To report a concern, call 1-800-252-5400.

Support Services

Our team is linked with Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, as well as the Dallas Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office, and Child Protective Services (CPS) to ensure that the best, most comprehensive care is available to at-risk children in North Texas.

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