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Reporting Child Abuse - Minnesota


Under Minnesota law, certain persons (including health care professionals, social workers, child care providers, mental health professionals, teachers and school officials, law enforcement officers, clergy, and others) who know of or suspect physical or sexual abuse or neglect of a child are required to report such information to the local welfare agency, police department or to the county sheriff immediately (within twenty-four (24) hours). Any other person may voluntarily report known or suspected child abuse, neglect or sexual abuse to the local welfare agency, police department or the county sheriff.

If a physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or a physician assistant determines that a child is in serious or critical condition as the result of sickness or injury caused by child abuse or neglect, it is defined as “near fatality”.

The statute defines child abuse to include physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.

To access the entire child abuse reporting chapter, including the information summarized above and any relevant definitions, follow:


For more information on Minnesota’s reporting statute and tips to spot abuse, see Minnesota’s Department of Human Services website at:


To report child abuse in Minnesota, call the local social service office or the local police. Below is a link to the contact information for all social services offices by county: