Creation of Child Abuse Reports

Where can a child abuse report be made?

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 made to the medical examiner or coroner. Minn. Stat. § 626.556, subd. 9.
  • If abuse or neglect occurs in a licensed facility (day care, foster care, etc.), a person required to report must report to the agency that licenses the facility. Minn. Stat. § 626.556, subd. 3, para. (c).
  • If abuse or neglect occurs in a school, a board or licensing entity must provide information about the circumstances of the alleged maltreatment to the Department of Education. Minn. Stat. § 626.556, subd. 3, para. (c).

How is a report made?

The initial report may be oral. If the reporter is an individual required to report under the act, an oral report must be followed by a written report within 72 hours, exclusive of weekends and holidays. Minn. Stat. § 626.556, subd. 7.

What must be included in the report?

The following information must be included in the report:

  • the child’s identity
  • the person believed responsible for the abuse or neglect, if known
  • the nature and extent of abuse or neglect
  • the reporter’s name and address

Minn. Stat. § 625.556, subd. 7.


This and any related posts have been adopted from the Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department’s Information Brief, Overview of the Maltreatment of Minors Act, written by legislative analyst Lynn Aves.

This is also part of a series of posts on Minnesota’s Maltreatment of Minors Act.