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If it is an Emergency and a child is in Immediate Danger – Call 911 – NOW
Mandated Reporters who use emergency services must still make a formal report immediately to the North Dakota Child Abuse and Neglect reporting line.
North Dakota Century Code 50-25.1-04
Method of reporting.
- All persons mandated or permitted to report cases of known or suspected child abuse or neglect immediately shall cause oral or written reports to be made to the department or authorized agent. Oral reports must be followed by written reports within forty-eight hours if so requested by the department or authorized agent. A requested written report must include information specifically sought by the department or authorized agent if the reporter possesses or has reasonable access to that information. Reports involving known or suspected institutional child abuse or neglect must be made and received in the same manner as all other reports made under this chapter.
- The chief administrator of an entity employing more than twenty-five individuals who are required to report suspected child abuse or neglect under this chapter may designate an agent within the entity to file reports of suspected child abuse or neglect on behalf of the staff members and volunteers of the entity. Under no circumstances may a designated agent to whom such report has been made impose conditions, including prior approval or prior notification, upon a staff member or volunteer reporting suspected child abuse or neglect under this chapter or exercise any control, restraint, or modification, or make any changes to the information provided by the staff member or volunteer. A report filed by the designated agent must include the first and last name, title, and contact information for every staff member or volunteer of the entity who is believed to have direct knowledge of the facts surrounding the report. A single report from the designated agent under this subsection is adequate to meet the reporting requirement on behalf of staff members and volunteers of the entity listed with the required information.
- If a staff member or volunteer makes a report of suspected child abuse and neglect to a designated agent of an entity as authorized in subsection 2, and the designated agent files a report on behalf of the staff member or volunteer, the staff member or volunteer will be considered to be fully compliant with the reporting requirements in this chapter. However, this section does not preclude the staff member or volunteer from also reporting the suspected child abuse and neglect directly to the department or authorized agent. A staff member or volunteer reporting suspected child abuse or neglect under this subsection who has knowledge the designated agent has failed to report on behalf of the staff member or volunteer immediately shall make a report directly to the department or authorized agent.
Methods of Reporting
To report suspected child abuse or neglect call North Dakota’s toll-free Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Line at
Live agents are available to take your call between 8am – 5pm Central time Monday-Friday. Callers have the option to leave a message after hours. Callers who leave a message should expect a follow up phone call.
Below, you will find the Report of Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect – SFN 960 form. Mandated Reporters may be asked to complete this form and send it along with supporting documents to the centralized child abuse and neglect reporting line by FAX at 701-328-0361. Please expect a follow up phone call.
Starting August 1, 2021, entities that employ more than 25 individuals who are required to report suspected child abuse and neglect (mandated reporters) may designate an agent to submit reports on behalf of staff members or volunteers within that entity. If your organization identifies as such, speak with your designated agent.
Law Enforcement and Health Care Professionals who need CPS to respond are encouraged to reach out to their local Human Service Zone office directly.
If a Child Protection Services response is needed for child safety after hours, please contact local law enforcement and they will be in contact with the on-call worker in your area.
What Information Will I Be Asked For?
Child(ren) Names, Ages, and Current Location (Child Care / School)
Describe the nature and extent of the suspected maltreatment, threats to the child safety, present danger and current injuries.
Child’s response – How has the suspected maltreatment harmed the child? Describe (size, color, location) any current or prior injuries to the child and siblings. What did the child say about the injury? Any pain (disclosed or demonstrated)?
When did the incident occur? How frequently is the suspected child abuse and neglect occurring? Who else knows about this?
Parents/Adults In Home
Adults residing in the home. Caregiver’s ability / willingness to provide safe care and protect children from harm. Witnesses – who else was present?
Law Enforcement Involvement
Any known law enforcement involvement, which agency and when? Active orders of protection? Probation / Parole Involvement
Current service providers (professionals), supports (relatives, neighbors, friends) and reliability. Detail current family stressors. What is going well for the family?
Pregnant Women/ Substance Exposed Newborn
Toxicology results (Mom and Baby). Any Medication Assisted Therapy? Impact of substance exposure to infant (withdrawal). Describe any parental capacity concerns. Discharge plan.
This Mandated Reporters Interactive Training site is provided by the
North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services
Children and Family Services
600 E. Blvd. Ave. Dept. 325, Bismarck ND 58505-0250
Phone: (701) 328-2310 Toll Free: (800) 472-2622 Fax: (701) 328-3538
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