Enforcement of Child Abuse in Austin: Not a Priority

Institutions vital to child protection in Austin are seriously understaffed.

Investigations and Compliance Understaffed

Unfortunately, Texas’ child protection agency has been plagued by staff shortages and high turnover rates for years. In 2020, CPS investigation workers had a turnover rate 26.9%. That makes it harder to be sure that abuse investigators are property trained and have the experience needed to know how to handle a case.

The Takeaway

The best way to deal with child abuse is to prevent it in the first place. Training can help caregivers and parents to understand the signs of grooming and potential or actual abuse. Schools and the private sector have a role to play.

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Original reporting on local Austin news, Texas politics, and the economy. honestaustin.com

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Original reporting on local Austin news, Texas politics, and the economy. honestaustin.com