Prevent Child Abuse in North Dakota
What is child abuse and neglect in North Dakota?
Under North Dakota law, a child has been abused when “a caregiver inflicts or allows to be inflicted, upon the child, bodily injury, substantial bodily injury, or serious bodily injury. Inflicted physical injury most often represents unreasonably severe corporal punishment. This usually happens when a caregiver is frustrated or angry and strikes, shakes, or throws the child.
Intentional deliberate assaults such as burning, biting, cutting and twisting, etc. are also included.”
Child sexual abuse involves “sexual contact between a child and an adult or significantly older, more powerful person. Sexual abuse may include other exploitative behaviors such as inappropriate sexual comments made to a child, taking or showing sexually explicit photographs or exposing a child to pornography or adult sexual activity.”
Child neglect includes “inadequate supervision, inadequate physical environment, nutrition,
clothing and hygiene, medical or educational neglect or psychological maltreatment.”
According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 1,981 victims of abuse or neglect in North Dakota, a rate of 11.3 per 1,000 children. Of these children, 76.8% were neglected, 7.9% were physically abused, and 2.4% were sexually abused.
Who is a mandated reporter according to ND state requirements?
Professionals having knowledge of or reasonable cause to suspect that a child is abused or neglected, or has died as a result of abuse or neglect, must make a report of the circumstances:
How do I report child abuse in North Dakota?
As of January 4th, 2021, a person mandated to report, or any person wanting to report suspected child abuse or neglect, should call the NEW Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Line: 1-833-958-3500.
The hotline is available 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday.
The North Dakota state’s reporting form, SFN 960, is also available at local human service zone offices (formerly called county social service offices).
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 North Dakota.
How do I get online child abuse training for myself?
How do I contact the ND Department of Human Services?
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your organization and circumstances and align with what your state Department of 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 Department of Human Services. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.