Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Requirements and Mandatory Reporting Reminders

Date:  December 17, 2020
Subject: Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Requirements and Mandatory Reporting Reminders
Category: Child welfare and safety
Next Steps:  Share with appropriate staff


There are new requirements concerning human trafficking prevention and awareness added to policy that governs child abuse and neglect reporting, training, and related protocols (TAC § 61.1051), as well as new training requirements for School Boards of Trustees and Superintendents. 

This letter serves as a notification of new requirements and shares resources currently available. Please note that additional information and resources are in development. 

As a reminder, all educators are mandatory reporters who are required to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect, including trafficking of a child, within 48 hours. (Texas Family Code, § 261.101.) As districts navigate both remote and in-person learning environments, it is critical for teachers and school staff to remain vigilant in their identification and reporting of these concerns. 

TEA created a checklist with the Title IV , Part A School Safety Initiative to assist school leaders with understanding these requirements and to identify resources. 

School Board Members: 


  • Effective September 1, 2019, an individual who holds a superintendent certificate that is renewed on or after January 1, 2021, must complete at least two and a half hours of training every five years on identifying and reporting potential victims of sexual abuse, human trafficking, and other maltreatment of children, in accordance with TEC § 21.054(h). 
  • For more information on approved training providers visit Continuing Professional Education

Commissioner Rule (TAC § 61.1051) Updates and Reminders: 

  • TEA amended the child abuse prevention, mandatory reporting, and training requirements in TAC § 61.1051(d)(1) to include Human Trafficking (effective 11/6/19). 
  • Each school district and open-enrollment charter school must adopt and implement policies concerning sexual abuse, trafficking, and other maltreatment of children (this includes providing child abuse anti-victimization programs in elementary and secondary schools). 
  • Training must be provided to all new school employees and all other staff not previously trained on prevention techniques for, and recognition of, sexual abuse, trafficking, and all other maltreatment of children, including the sexual abuse, trafficking, and other maltreatment of children with significant cognitive disabilities. (*LEAs have discretion on selecting what training(s) are used for this purpose.) 
  • All campuses are required to post the Child Abuse Reporting Hotline website and phone number, on an 11” X 17” poster in English and Spanish, in at least one (*more recommended) high-traffic area (e.g. hallway, above a water fountain, gym, locker room, counselor’s office, etc.) at student eye-level. 
  • The “No, Go, Tell” poster was developed to meet the requirements above. The poster was recently updated and available for download: TEA No Go Tell Poster- English, TEA No Go Tell Poster- Spanish 
  • To learn more about all new rule requirements view: “Unpacking Commissioner Rules on Reporting Child Abuse, or Neglect, Including Trafficking of a Child” (a previously recorded presentation)

Human Trafficking Prevention Training: 

Mandatory Reporting Awareness Resources: 

If you have any questions regarding mandatory reporting and human trafficking prevention and awareness requirements, please contact the Division of Highly Mobile and At-Risk Student Programs,, 512-463-9414.