"Domestic child abuse" means: (1) any physical injury to a minor family or household member inflicted by an adult family or household member other than by accidental means; or (2) subjection of a minor family or household member by an adult family or household member to any act which constitutes a violation of sections 609.321
Minnesota Child Abuse Attorney
According to Minnesota law, every child who is a witness to abuse or who is a victim of violence, access to necessary services, including but not limited to:
- Crisis child care;
- Safe supervised painting time or independent, neutral exchange locations for parenting time;
- Age appropriate counseling and support; and
- Assistance with legal remedies, medical care, and needed social services.
In order for children to receive protection from abusive situations, reporting must occur. It is a state policy to require the reporting of neglect, physical, or sexual abuse of children in the home, school, and community settings. Therefore, it is every person’s obligation to report abuse if they see it.
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Destruction of Child Abuse Report Records
Records held by local social service agencies, investigating agencies, and schools will be retained on the following schedule. For family assessment cases and cases in which there is no determination of maltreatment or need for child protective services, records must be kept for four years. These records may only be used in future risk and
Access to Child Abuse Reports
The classification of law enforcement records on child abuse, other than the report itself, is found in the Data Practices Act.6 The Maltreatment of Minors Act determines the classification of child abuse records and access to those records when held by the local social services agency or the agency responsible for assessing or investigating a
Investigation or Assessment of Child Abuse Reports
When the local social service agency receives a report, the agency determines whether to conduct a family assessment or an investigation. If the report alleges substantial child endangerment, the agency will conduct an investigation. The agency may conduct a family assessment when a report does not allege substantial endangerment. Minn. Stat. § 626.556, subd. 10.
Creation of Child Abuse Reports
In most cases a person may report to either the police, the county sheriff, the local social services agency, or the agency responsible for assessing the report. Minn. Stat. § 626.556, subd. 3, para. (a). Exceptions: If a person required to report believes a child died because of neglect or abuse, the report must be
Reportable Child Abuse and Neglect
Whose abuse or neglect is reportable under the act? Person Responsible for the Child’s Care. A “person responsible for the child’s care” includes the following: parent guardian teacher school administrator school employee or agent day care provider paid or unpaid babysitter counselor coach other custodian with care responsibilities Minn. Stat. § 626.556, subd. 2, para.
Reporting Child Abuse in Minnesota: The Child Abuse Reporter
Anyone who knows, has reason to believe, or suspects that a child is being, or has been, neglected or physically or sexually abused. Minn. Stat. § 626.556, subd. 3. An individual who knows or has reason to believe a child is being or has within the past three years been neglected or abused, and who
Minnesota Maltreatment of Minors Act
The Minnesota Maltreatment of Minors Act establishes a system for reporting possible child abuse and neglect to government agencies that provide protective services for the child or conduct criminal investigations. The act also governs agency responses to reports and access to information generated under the act. Some of the system’s features are determined by federal