County Resources

Mandated Reporting

  • All district employees are mandated to report within 24 hours.
  • The individual who suspects the neglect or abuse is to make the call.
  • Call Child Protection (or the police if the child is in immediate danger).
    • 952-891-7459
  • Work with the building principal, who can walk you through the process, verify that you made the report.
  • Do not wait over 24 hours if the principal is not available. Make the report and update him/her later.
  • If a mandated reporter fails to report, the person could be prosecuted.
    • This crime ranges from a misdemeanor to a felony, depending on the harm suffered by the child. 
  • A written copy of the Suspected Child Maltreatment Reporting Form must be submitted to them within 72 hours.
    • This can be found on our website by searching “mandated reporting”
  • Whether or not Child Protection decides to investigate, a written copy of the Suspected Child Maltreatment Reporting Form is completed and sent to:
    • Dakota County Children & Family Intake, 14955 Galaxie Ave, Apple Valley, MN 55124, FAX: 952-891-7192
  • The name of the reporter is confidential by law.
  • If you are unsure, make the call
    • (Child Protection will make the decision as to whether or not to open a case.)
  • Our obligation is only to report, not to investigate.
  • A school employee may be the subject of a report.
  • When an allegation of maltreatment is made against a school employee, the district will assess the circumstances surrounding the report. If there is any reason to believe that maltreatment may have occurred, a report will be made to The Student Maltreatment Program at the Minnesota Department of Education.