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Mandatory Reporting St. Olaf College Reads and Counts Tutor Program
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www.dhs.mn.us Minnesota children are abused and neglected each year In 2009, 4,742 children were abused and neglected; 44 children suffered life-threatening injuries and 21 children died from maltreatment. The median age for victims was 6 years old.
Who is a Mandatory Reporter? http://qrs.ly/lb4d8k3
Who is a Mandated Reporter? Any professional working with children or families Health care Social services Mental health professionals Child care Educators/Administrators/School Nurses Law enforcement Guardians Clergy
Limits of Confidentiality “If you tell me something where harm will come to yourself or someone else, I am required to: report it” share it with someone else” get help from someone else”
What types of abuse must you report? Physical Abuse Includes: -Threatened injury -Mental injury Sexual Abuse
What types of abuse must you report? Neglect Includes: 1.Inadequate Shelter 2.Inadequate Clothing and Hygiene 3.Inadequate Food 4.Lack of Supervision 5.Failure to Provide Medical Care 6.Illegal Placement/Abandonment 7.Failure to Provide Education 8.Prenatal Exposure to Controlled Substances
When do you report? A child is being neglected or abused A child has been neglected or abused within the preceding 3 years
When do you report? Immediately make a Verbal Report (within 24 hours) Within 72 hours submit a Written Report (excluding weekends and holidays)
To whom do you report? Law Enforcement -Immediate danger -Alleged perpetrator is non-family (and not staff at a facility) Social Service Agency -Alleged perpetrator is family, family child care provider, family foster care provider, etc. Minnesota Department of Education -Alleged perpetrator is a school employee
Don’t know who to report to? Ask your host teacher!
Penalties for not reporting Misdemeanor, if child abused or neglected Gross Misdemeanor, if child suffers substantial or great bodily harm because of lack of medical care Felony, if child dies because of lack of medical care