Program managers, all program personnel and volunteers must be aware of the obligation to report child abuse and neglect, safety concerns, incidents during events, etc. and should act accordingly. Additional resources can be found on the Youth Protection Program website, Reporting Abuse section.

Child Abuse and Neglect

Per our 04.010 Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect policy:

The University of North Texas (UNT) is committed to protecting children as vulnerable members of society and in fulfilling the institution's obligation to report suspected child abuse or neglect as required by Texas law.

An individual who has cause to believe that a child's physical or mental health or welfare has been or will be adversely affected by abuse and/or neglect by any person must immediately report his or her belief to:

  • Any local or state law enforcement agency, including campus law enforcement, especially in situations requiring an immediate response; or
  • The Department of Family and Protective Services (“DFPS”) or the agency designated by a court as responsible for the protection of children.

A report must be made to DFPS if the suspected child abuse or neglect involves a person responsible for the care, custody or welfare of the child.


All members of any program/activity for youth are responsible for the youth participants' safety and are required to protect them from harm at all times. In the event of any accident or injury threatening their well-being, program personnel must respond and report the incident.

The following are the recommended actions to follow when responding to an incident:

  • Ensure that program personnel intervene quickly in an effort to prevent or minimize harm.
  • If the program purchased accidental medical group coverage, Risk Management Services' Insurance and Claims team should be contacted for instructions on how to file a claim. Call them at 940-565-2109 .
  • Evaluate the incident to make changes that will help prevent a future re-occurrence.
  • Document all relevant details and submit an Incident Report Form as soon as possible.

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