Reporting Abuse & Neglect
Minnesota law requires workers in a number of professions to report suspected child maltreatment, including:
- child care
- health care
- law enforcement
- psychological treatment
- social service
To help mandated reporters better understand the law and reporting requirements, An Interactive Informational Guide for Mandated Reporting is now available. This comprehensive training is organized in 6 modules:
- Basics of Mandated Reporting
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Discussion of Racial Disparities
- Intersection of Poverty and Neglect
- Overview of Minnesota’s Child Protection System
The training is flexible, allowing users to navigate to any module at any time. After downloading the file, users are advised that if the navigation toolbar does not display at the bottom of the screen, to reduce the computer’s task bar. Using the mouse, place the cursor on the top edge of the task bar until a double-headed arrow appears. Then drag downwards to collapse the toolbar and a navigation toolbar for the presentation will become visible.
Visually impaired users can obtain the same information in a text only document. View the mandated reporting training site.
Child Abuse & Neglect
A guide to help mandated reporters understand the appropriate action to take if they suspect child abuse or neglect.
What Parents Need to Know about Sexual Abuse
Caring for Kids: What Parents Need to Know about Sexual Abuse is a consumer-focused resource kit that contains information and fact sheets for parents, caregivers, and adolescents. The kit provides parents and caregivers with tools to help them support children who have been victims of sexual abuse, information on the importance of talking to children and youth about body safety, and guidance on how to respond when children disclose sexual abuse. Also included is advice on how to cope with the shock of interfamilial abuse and with the emotional impact of legal involvement in sexual abuse cases.
Caring for Kids provides adolescents with information about the prevalence of acquaintance rape and tips to help reduce their risk for abuse. It also offers guidance on what to do if they are a victim of acquaintance rape including disclosure, medical attention, and professional counseling.