When to Report
Minnesota Statute 260E.06 requires mandated reporters to make a report if they know of, or have reason to believe a child is being neglected or abused, or has been neglected or abused within the preceding three years. Verbal reports must be made immediately (no longer than 24 hours). A verbal report by a mandated reporter must be followed within 72 hours, excluding holidays and weekends, by a written report of alleged maltreatment.
|Verbal Report||Written Report|
|If a child is in immediate danger, or to request an immediate welfare check,|
call 9-1-1 or your local police department.
To verbally report suspected abuse or neglect of a child, call 651-430-6457.
|Please fill out and submit the following form: Referral of Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect. |
Submissions lacking identifying information may result in a report not being accepted.
Child protection intake screeners, in partnership with the screening team, review and accept reports of alleged child maltreatment based on DHS Minnesota Child Maltreatment Intake, Screening, and Response Path Guidelines.
Minnesota Mandated Reporting
|Examples of mandated reporters:|
Failure to Report
|Terms related to abuse as defined by Washington County:|
|Failure to Thrive |
A physician’s diagnosis of failure to thrive due to parental deprivation
An intentional (non-accidental) act
resulting in a visible injury or no
observable injury but the child reports
pain in the head, stomach, torso, or
genitalia as a result of being hit in that
area or an act of reasonable discipline
which results in injury except for an injury
resulting from reasonable force to restrain (ref. MS609.379)
|Sexual Abuse |
A statement, overt act, condition, or
status that represents a substantial risk
of physical abuse or mental injury
Threatened Sexual Abuse
A statement, overt act, condition, or
status that presents a substantial risk
of sexual abuse
|Terms related to neglect as defined by Washington County:|
|Failure to Protect|
Failure to Provide for
Failure to Provide Education
Failure to provide medical care refers to
a continuing or consistent refusal or
failure to seek, obtain, and follow through
with a diagnosis and treatment of medical,
dental, or mental health care for a health
problem, symptom, or condition which,
if untreated, could place the child in
immediate or future jeopardy,
incapacitation, or death.
A child 15 years old or younger living in
a nonrelative, unlicensed home for more than 30 days in a 12-month period
|Inadequate Clothing or Hygiene|
Child routinely lacks sufficient quantity
or quality of food or child suffers from medically-diagnosed malnutrition or developmental lags
The periodic or continuing failure to provide adequate shelter and protection from weather and from environmental hazards in the dwelling and on this property which have potential for injury, illness, and/or disease.
Lack of Supervision
Failure to provide supervision, care, guidance, and/or protection, which results in the child being in situations beyond his ability to cope, at risk of physical harm, at risk of sexual and/or other exploitation
Prenatal Exposure to
This includes withdrawal symptoms in the child at birth, a positive toxicology test performed on the mother or child during prenatal checks or at delivery, or mother admits to using chemicals.
Definition of Family AssessmentsAs defined by Minnesota State Statute, a family assessment is a comprehensive assessment of child safety, risk of subsequent child maltreatment, and family strength and needs that is applied to a child maltreatment report that does not allege substantial child endangerment. Family assessment does not include a determination as to whether child maltreatment occurred, but does determine the need for services.
|The goals of family assessment are:|
Family Assessments are Different from InvestigationsUnlike investigations, there is no determination made regarding whether or not an incident of maltreatment occurred. The goal of a family assessment is to use a holistic approach, focusing on the safety of the children and the families' strengths. Concerns and needs are addressed rather than focusing on the details of a specific incident to prove or disprove that abuse or neglect occurred.
Providing ServicesChild protection services are often provided on a voluntary basis. There are cases where the need for child protection services is critical and court action can be sought to require the family to accept child protection services and to ensure that the family follows through with the necessary social service plan.
Take Time OutThere are lots of things you can do to prevent taking your frustrations out on your child. When the big and little problems of everyday life pile up to the point where you feel like lashing out, it is possible to stop and take time out. It is possible to get a hold of yourself before you get a hold of your child.
When you do stop, take time out, and do something immediately that will help you cool down and collect yourself. The next time everyday pressures build up to the point where you feel like lashing out stop and try any of these simple alternatives. See what works for you. You'll feel better and so will your child.