Establishment and Maintenance of Central Registries for Child Abuse or Neglect Reports - Minnesota

Date: May 2018

Establishment

Citation: Ann. Stat. § 626.556, Subd. 11(a)

The local social services agency or agency responsible for assessing or investigating the report shall maintain records concerning determinations of child maltreatment.

Purpose

Citation: Ann. Stat. § 626.556, Subd. 11c(a)

For reports alleging child maltreatment that were not accepted for assessment or investigation, family assessment cases, and cases in which an investigation results in no determination of maltreatment or the need for child protective services, the records must contain sufficient information to identify the subjects of the report, the nature of the alleged maltreatment, and the reasons as to why the report was not accepted. Records under this paragraph may not be used for employment, background checks, or purposes other than to assist in future screening decisions and risk and safety assessments.

Contents

Citation: Ann. Stat. § 626.556, Subd. 11(a)

The records may contain information relating to specific incidents of neglect or abuse that are under investigation, petition, or prosecution, and information relating to any prior incidents of neglect or abuse involving any of the same persons.

Maintenance

Citation: Ann. Stat. § 626.556, Subd. 11(a) & 11c

The records shall be collected and maintained in accordance with the provisions of chapter 13.

For family assessment cases and cases where an investigation results in no determination of maltreatment or the need for child protective services, the assessment or investigation records must be maintained for a period of 5 years.

All records relating to reports that, upon investigation, indicate either maltreatment or a need for child protective services shall be maintained for at least 10 years after the date of the final entry in the case record.