To report suspected child abuse
- Call 911.
- The operator will ask you to describe the circumstances and then dispatch a squad to take a report.
- Call Hennepin County Child Protection at 612-348-3552.
- An intake worker is available 24 hours a day to take reports.
When to call 911 to report suspected child abuse:
- When you believe a child is in imminent danger of injury, death or sexual abuse.
- When you believe that a child has injuries that need medical attention.
- When you believe that the child would not be safe returning or remaining at home.
- When a child tells you a sexual assault incident that occurred.
Types of child abuse
- Occurs when a parent or caregiver cause any non-accidental physical injury to a child.
- Occurs when an adult uses a child for sexual purposes or involves a child in sex acts. It includes when an older or more powerful child uses another child for sex acts.
- Occurs when a parent or caregiver does not give the care, supervision, affection and support needed for a child's health, safety and well-being.
- Occurs when a parent or caretaker intentionally or recklessly causes or permits a child to be placed in a situation likely to substantially harm the child's physical, mental, or emotional health or cause the child's death.
Signs of child abuse
Who must report child abuse?
Minnesota law requires that any person whose job involves working professionally with children and who knows or has reason to believe that a child is being neglected or physically or sexually abused shall report suspected abuse.
Are there penalties for a mandated reporter who fails to report child abuse?
Minnesota law requires reporting by mandated reporters who know or have reason to believe that a child is being abused or has been abused within the past three years. A mandated reporter who fails to make a report under those circumstances is guilty of a misdemeanor.
What should I do if a child tells me about abuse?
- Be calm.
- Let the child tell you about that happened in his own words. Tell him that you believe him.
- Tell the child that she is not in trouble and that he did the right thing to tell you.
- Tell the child that you want to make sure that he is safe. Let him know that you are going to get help so that this doesn’t happen again.
- Report what the child told you to the police or child protection.
For more information about child abuse
Call the Minneapolis Police Department, Central Investigations Department at 612- 673-2941 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 p.m. The receptionist will connect you with a child abuse investigator.
Last updated Apr 9, 2019