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This Mandated Reporters Interactive Training site is provided by the North Dakota Department of 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
dhscfs@nd.gov

Mandated Reporting


You may be the only person who can begin to make life better for an abused or neglected child.


Take the interactive training now: Mandated Reporters Interactive Training


Why Report?


Research shows that most child abuse involves people responsible for taking care of the child, such as parents, family or household members, or other caregivers.



Who must report?


In North Dakota, anyone may report suspected child abuse or neglect to Child Protection Services (CPS). However, certain professionals must, by law, report suspected child abuse or neglect—in other words, they are mandated reporters. It’s a Class B misdemeanor when a mandated reporter chooses not to report suspected abuse. To fulfill the mandate, reports must be made directly to a county social service agency.


Mandated reporters include:


  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Optometrists
  • Dental hygienists
  • Medical examiners or coroners
  • Any other medical or mental health professionals
  • Religious practitioners of the healing arts
  • School teachers, administrators, and counselors
  • Addiction counselors
  • Social workers
  • Childcare professionals
  • Foster parents
  • Police or law enforcement officers
  • Juvenile court personnel
  • Probation officers
  • Juvenile services employees



Know the signs


The first step in helping an abused or neglected child is learning to recognize the signs. A single sign does not prove that child abuse or neglect is occurring, and there is no one sign of child abuse or neglect.


  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Physical neglect
  • Psychological maltreatment
  • Environmental neglecct
  • Inadequate supervision
  • Abandonment
  • Educational neglect



Sometimes, you're the only protection they have.