Mandated and Voluntary Reporters

Anyone can make a report.  MN Statute 626.556 subdivision 3 identifies certain professionals that must report to child protection when child abuse or neglect is suspected. All reports must be made orally and followed by a written report within 72 hours.

You are a mandated reporter if you are 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
  • law enforcement
  • a member of the clergy and received the information while engaged in ministerial duties, provided that a member of the clergy is not required by this subdivision to report  information that is otherwise privileged under section  MN Statute 595.02, subdivision 1, paragraph (c).

How To Make A Report

Outcome of Report

Persons mandated to report suspected child abuse or neglect will receive a letter regarding the disposition of the report.  Voluntary reporters can request to be notified of the disposition of their reports.  Information will be provided to any reporter unless it is detrimental to the best interests of the child.

Immunity

When acting in good faith as a mandated or voluntary reporter, the reporter is immune from civil or criminal liability. Mandated reporters are also immune from retaliation from an employer.