The department shall employ in each of the department’s administrative regions at least one child safety specialist. The job responsibilities of the child safety specialist must focus on child abuse and neglect investigation issues, including reports of child abuse required by Section 261.101 (Persons Required to Report; Time to Report), to achieve a greater compliance with that section, and on assessing and improving the effectiveness of the department in providing for the protection of children in the region.
The duties of a child safety specialist must include the duty to:
conduct staff reviews and evaluations of cases determined to involve a high risk to the health or safety of a child, including cases of abuse reported under Section 261.101 (Persons Required to Report; Time to Report), to ensure that risk assessment tools are fully and correctly used;
review and evaluate cases in which there have been multiple referrals to the department of child abuse or neglect involving the same family, child, or person alleged to have committed the abuse or neglect; and
approve decisions and assessments related to investigations of cases of child abuse or neglect that involve a high risk to the health or safety of a child.Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1490, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.Amended by:Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 268 (S.B. 6), Sec. 1.29, eff. September 1, 2005.