Child Maltreatment Cases

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Number of Determined Child Maltreatment Cases, All Available Years: by County

Aitkin County40.
Anoka County391.0359.0293.0222.0202.0183.0173.0161.0180.0296.0
Becker County137.0118.0102.
Beltrami County97.0110.
Benton County49.
Big Stone County14.
Blue Earth County106.0104.
Brown County32.
Carlton County19.
Carver County110.
Cass County29.
Chippewa County7.
Chisago County49.
Clay County99.
Clearwater County9.
Cook County4.
Cottonwood County25.
Crow Wing County32.
Dakota County390.0362.0354.0274.0302.0305.0230.0164.0190.0247.0
Dodge County23.
Douglas County56.
Faribault CountyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Fillmore County19.
Freeborn County54.
Goodhue County33.
Grant County3.
Hennepin County2,091.01,906.01,761.01,452.01,288.01,242.01,236.01,378.01,397.01,799.0
Houston County6.
Hubbard County26.
Isanti County82.
Itasca County59.
Jackson County12.
Kanabec County13.
Kandiyohi County75.
Kittson County5.
Koochiching County6.
Lac Qui Parle County6.
Lake County23.
Lake of the Woods County2.
Le Sueur County31.
Lincoln CountyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
McLeod County82.
Mahnomen County20.
Marshall County4.
Meeker County10.
Mille Lacs County52.
Morrison County43.
Mower County47.
Nicollet County33.
Nobles County7.
Norman County4.
Olmsted County89.
Otter Tail County64.0100.
Pennington County10.
Pine County48.
Pipestone County14.
Polk County34.
Pope County23.
Ramsey County694.0579.0561.0491.0436.0452.0527.0412.0447.0684.0
Red Lake County2.
Redwood County13.
Renville County19.
Rice County83.
Rock County2.
Roseau County10.
St. Louis County316.0270.0218.0299.0295.0241.0270.0297.0294.0358.0
Scott County158.0173.
Sherburne County43.
Sibley County11.
Stearns County143.
Steele County39.
Stevens County6.
Swift County31.
Todd County29.
Traverse County3.
Wabasha County9.
Wadena County13.
Waseca County25.
Washington County177.0156.0160.0130.083.0101.0109.087.059.0116.0
Watonwan County14.
Wilkin County0.
Winona County57.
Wright County116.0111.0104.
Yellow Medicine County10.

About the Indicator:

Child subjects of maltreatment reports: unique number of children and rate of children per 1,000. Types of maltreatment included are non-medical neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, mental injury, and medical neglect.

Once a report of maltreatment is made, a screener reviews the initial information about the concern and decides whether or not the report meets the statutory criteria for a child protection response. If it does, the agency determines if the allegations require a Family Investigation (FI) or a Family Assessment (FA). State law indicates a Family Assessment response is preferred practice, except in situations that include alleged egregious harm, sexual abuse and/or maltreatment in a child daycare or foster care home. The screener also considers a history of past reports and level of cooperation from a family. In a Family Investigation, county/tribal child protection workers interview persons involved with the report, including the alleged victims, alleged offenders and family members. If there is a preponderance of evidence that a child has been a victim of maltreatment and the harm was caused by an act, or failure to act, by a person responsible for a child’s care, the county/tribal child protection worker makes a determination that maltreatment has occurred. In a Family Assessment, no determination of maltreatment is made. In these situations, a county or tribal worker meets with all family members together to discuss and assess child safety concerns, and reviews the family’s strengths and needs.

Data are reported in aggregate for Faribault and Martin counties; for Lincoln, Lyon, and Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, and Rock counties; and (since 2013) for Cottonwood and Jackson counties. While these individual county fields will show N/A for not available, all combined counties fall within the Southwest Prevention Region, for which the aggregated data are available.

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Center, the rate of children confirmed by child protective services as victims of maltreatment in 2012 was considerably lower in Minnesota than the national average: 3 per 1,000 versus 9 per 1,000.

Data Source: Minnesota’s Child Welfare Report, Children and Family Services

Description: Minnesota’s Child Welfare Report is a statistical report describing the state of children involved in Minnesota’s child protection response continuum in the areas of child maltreatment assessment/investigation, out-of-home care and adoption.