Child Protection

Child Protective Services

Washington County has the responsibility and authority to assure that children alleged to be abused or neglected are protected from harm or danger and that children in need of protection or services receive the appropriate services.

This is a major responsibility and is taken very seriously by this department. Washington County Community Services believes that the child's best interest and protection is maximized by maintaining the child at home whenever possible.
  1. Reporting Abuse or Neglect
  2. Mandated Reporting
  3. Definitions
  4. Family Assessments
  5. Parenting Tips

Reporting Abuse or Neglect

If the child is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 or your local police department. 

If you want to make an immediate oral report of physical or sexual abuse, neglect or exploitation of a child, please call 651-430-6457 between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

After hours, you may call Crisis Response 651-275-7400 to make a report.

Written Report: If you wish to make a written report and email it, please fill out the Referral of Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect form. Incomplete forms may result in the report not being accepted.

The criteria used to determine when to conduct a Child Protection Assessment is set forth in Minnesota Statute 626.556, Subd.10.

The child protection intake screeners accept reports of alleged child maltreatment based on legal definitions and guidelines for assessment and investigation. A determination is made if a report should be assigned for further assessment or investigation.