Child Protection

When to Report: Minnesota Statute 626.556 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:

If a child is in immediate danger, or to request an immediate welfare check, call 9-1-1 or your local police department.

To report suspected abuse or neglect of a child, call 651-430-6457. Calls during the evening, weekend, or holidays to report suspected abuse or neglect a child should be made to the Washington County Crisis Response Unit at 651-275-7400.

Written Report: 

To complete a written report, 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.

  1. Mandated Reporting
  2. Definitions
  3. Family Assessments
  4. Parenting Tips

Minnesota Mandated Reporting 

Under Minnesota Statute 626.556, persons in designated professional occupations are mandated to report suspected child abuse or neglect.

Persons who work with children and families are in a position to help protect children from harm. These persons are required by law to report to child protection if they know or have a reason to believe that a child is being abused or neglected or that a child has been neglected or abused within the prior three years.

The individual with direct knowledge of possible child abuse or neglect is individually responsible to report to the police or child protection. Reporting the concern to a supervisor, administrator, or other coworkers does not mitigate your responsibility to report.

The reporter's name is confidential, accessible only if the reporter consents or by a court order. You can find more information about mandated reporting in the Resource Guide for Mandated Reporters.

The following professionals and their delegates are mandated reporters:

Mandated ReporterExamples
Child CareBabysitters, child care center staff, home child care providers
Corrections Management and Staff
EducationSchool administrators, support staff, teachers, assistants
Guardians Ad Litem
Health Care ProfessionalsDental professionals, hospital staff, medical professionals and personnel
Law Enforcement
Mental Health ProfessionalsPsychiatrists, psychologists, therapists / counselors
Probation Officers
Social ServicesFoster parents, group home staff, social workers

 Mandated Reporting Training Schedule 

Failure to Report 

If a mandated reporter does not report suspected abuse or neglect, they could be prosecuted for committing a misdemeanor. If a child suffers substantial or great bodily harm as a result of not receiving needed treatment for the abuse or neglect because of a failure to report, it is a gross misdemeanor. If the child dies as a result, it is a felony.