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 must immediately report the suspected incident to local Law Enforcement and/or child protection. The duty to report extends to childcare workers, school personnel, physical and mental health care providers, and law enforcement officers, among others. The report must be made immediately or within 24 hours, followed by a written report within 72 hours. You will need to complete the Child Abuse/Neglect reporting form.

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1. How do I recognize child abuse?
2. Why should I report child abuse?
3. What if I'm not sure if the situation is serious enough to report?
4. How do I report suspected child abuse?
5. Who must report child abuse?
6. Are there penalties for a mandated reporter who fails to report child abuse?
7. If the allegation of child abuse cannot be proven, will I get into trouble for making the report?
8. What should I do if a child tells me about abuse?
9. As a parent, what can I do to prevent child abuse?
10. I don't want to make my children fearful by talking about sexual abuse or I don't want to talk to my children about sexual abuse because they are too young. Is it really necessary?