Mandated Reporting

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 Reporter
Child Care
Babysitters, child care center staff, home child care providers

Corrections Management and Staff

School administrators, support staff, teachers, assistants
Guardians Ad Litem

Health Care Professionals
Dental professionals, hospital staff, medical professionals and personnel
Law Enforcement

Mental Health Professionals
Psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists / counselors
Probation Officers

Social Services
Foster parents, group home staff, social workers

Mandated Reporting Training Packet

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.