Prevent Child Abuse in Minnesota
What is child abuse and neglect in Minnesota?
According to Minnesota law, neglect is a failure of a child’s caregiver to:
- Provide needed food, clothing, shelter, medical or mental health care, education or appropriate supervision
- Protect a child from conditions or actions that endanger the child
- Take steps to ensure that a child is educated as required by law.
The following also may be considered neglect:
- Exposing a child to certain drugs during pregnancy
- Causing emotional harm to a child.
Physical abuse is when a caregiver causes any physical injury, or threatens harm or substantial injury, on a child other than by accident. Physical abuse can range from minor bruises to severe internal injuries and death.
Mental injury is harm to a child’s psychological capacity or emotional stability evidenced by an observable and substantial impairment of a child’s functioning.
Sexual abuse is when a child is a victim of a criminal sexual act or threatened act committed by:
- A person responsible for a child’s care
- A person who has a significant relationship to a child
- A person in a position of authority.
According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 8,709 victims of abuse or neglect in
Minnesota in 2017, a rate of 6.7 per 1,000 children. Of these children, 65.1% were neglected,
30.4% were physically abused, and 17.5% were sexually abused.
Who is a mandated reporter according to MN state requirements?
Anyone may voluntarily report child abuse in MN. Some professions are considered mandatory reporters:
- A professional or professional’s delegate who is engaged in the practice of the healing arts, social services,
hospital administration, psychological or psychiatric treatment, child care, education, correctional
supervision, probation and correctional services, or law enforcement; or
- A member of the clergy who received the information while engaged in ministerial duties, provided that a
member of the clergy is not required to report information that is otherwise privileged (from, for example, a
A mandated reporter who fails to report is guilty of a misdemeanor. Here is required online training for mandatory reporters in Minnesota.
How do I report child abuse in Minnesota?
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.
How do I get free online child abuse training for my organization?
Use the code STAYSAFE to enroll in Creating Safe Environments for Organizations, a free online training class. Leaders in organizations use this free online course to explore child abuse prevention best practices and help prevent child abuse in Minnesota.
How do I get online child abuse training for myself?
How do I contact the MN Department of Health and Human Services?
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your organization and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Health and Human Services requires. The state requirements and child abuse and human trafficking statistics listed on this page are current as of May 13th, 2021 to meet the best information available. State requirements may change and it is your responsibility to know your state mandated reporter requirements and the process for online child abuse prevention training. Compass Child Protection Training can not guarantee acceptance by your school, organization, or state Office of Child and Family Services. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.