State law requires that all individuals involved in the care, treatment, or education of a child are classified as mandated reporters. Mandated reporters include doctors, nurses, teachers, and any individual who is employed in a role that cares for children.
What must be reported?
- Any suspicion that a child may have been, or is being abused, or neglected physically, emotionally, or sexually.
Who does a mandated reporter report to?
- The mandated reporter must report suspicions to the County Child Protective Services office, within which the suspected abuse, or neglect took place.
- The mandated reporter should submit in writing the fact that they have made a report to County Child Protective Services to their supervisor or principal.
What happens to the information that is reported?
- All information is kept private and confidential from the suspected victim, as well as the suspected perpetrator.
- County Child Protective Services personnel are required to provide written notification about the disposition of the report.
- Mandated reporters have the right to request information about the disposition of the report.
Are mandated reporters protected from lawsuits?
- Mandated reporters are protected from lawsuits unless it can be proven that the report was filed with malicious intent.
How do I use the Suspected Abuse/Neglect Report Form?
- The Suspected Abuse/Neglect Report Form is the appropriate document to fulfill responsibilities as a mandated reporter.
- After completing the form, the mandated reporter can use it as an outline while making a phone call to Olmsted County Social Services. That phone call must take place within 24 hours of receiving information leading to suspicion.
- The mandated reporter MUST also file a written report within 72 hours, exclusive of weekends and holidays, of your verbal report. Fax the Suspected Abuse/Neglect Report Form to Olmsted County Social Services.
- To complete mandatory reporting obligations give a copy of the Suspected Abuse/Neglect Report Form to your building principal.
Intake unit of Olmsted County Social Services
Phone Number: 507-328-6400
Fax Number: 507-328-6395
*Put fax to the attention of whomever you spoke with during intake phone call