Child Protection and Child Welfare

How to report child abuse or neglect

Call the county or tribal social service agency, or the police, where the child lives if you believe that a child is being hurt or neglected.

Some people whose jobs involve caring for children, such as doctors, teachers and law enforcement, are required by law to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Other people, such as neighbors or relatives, are encouraged to report if they think a child is being abused or neglected.

Mandated reporters training and guide

Training available

Workers in a number of professions, including health care, social services, psychological treatment, child care, education, corrections, law enforcement and clergy, are required to report suspected child maltreatment. To help mandated reporters better understand the law and reporting requirements, An Interactive Informational Guide for Mandated Reporting is available. This comprehensive training is organized in six modules:

  • • Overview of Minnesota’s child protection system
  • • The intersection of poverty and neglect and a discussion of racial disparities
  • • Basics of mandated reporting
  • • Physical abuse
  • • Sexual abuse
  • • Neglect.
  • The training is flexible, allowing users to navigate to any module at any time.

    Printable guide

    You can also print and distribute this guide as needed: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: A Resource Guide for Mandated Reporters (PDF).


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