Child Protection

The Wabasha County Social Services Child Protection Team operates within state guidelines and mandates to protect children from physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and emotional maltreatment/mental injury.  Wabasha County Social Services receives and investigates reports of child physical abuse, sexual abuse,  neglect, and mental injury that are believed to be committed by a parent, relative, or other household member.  The Agency is also responsible for investigating reports of these incidents that are believed to have happened in a Wabasha County child care home or foster care program.  

Child maltreatment reports are screened according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Maltreatment Intake, Screening and Response Path Guidelines.  

Reports of child maltreatment are screened by a multidisicplinary team within 24 hours. Those that meet the state guidelines for a child protection response are opened for either a Family Assessment, Traditional Family Investigation, or Facility Investigation depending on the level of severity of the allegation. Social Workers will determine child’s safety, level of risk, family needs and family strengths. On-going child protection services will be provided if determined necessary. In some cases, Social Services will involve the court via a CHIPS (Child in Need of Protection or Services) petition if deemed necessary.

If you know or suspect that a child is in immediate danger (such as a recent sexual assault or a serious physical assault) or a child is abandoned, contact your local law enforcement agency right away. If child is not in immediate danger, as soon as you have reason to believe a child has been maltreated, you should contact your local child welfare agency: Wabasha County Social Services. 

For more information regarding reporting child maltreatment, please click on the following link: Reporting Child Maltreatment in Wabasha County. 

Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Welfare Data Dashboard
Minnesota’s public child welfare system is designed to serve the state’s children and families as well as the communities in which they live and work. Performance measures help monitor the outcomes of children touched by the child welfare system: The department, and its county and tribal partners, are responsible to ensure children:
  • Are safe
  • Remain with their families when safe to do so
  • Receive services so children can return safely home and receive support to remain  at home safely
  • Live in safe, stable homes with relatives whenever possible
  • Achieve permanency through adoption, if needed.

The Child Welfare Data Dashboard is intended to provide information to the public as well as county and tribal decision-makers on nine state measures and seven federal measures used to monitor the status of children served by Minnesota’s child welfare system.

Family Guide to Child Protection
Child Maltreatment Intake, Screening and Response Path Guidelines
COVID-19 Guidance