Child Protection

About Child Protection Services

Scott County Social Services is the public child welfare agency responsible for responding to community concerns about child safety, child well-being and family stability. Our goal is to engage families in a partnership to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of their children. This also encompasses a vision of partnering with community members to help support and nurture children and families.

Scott County Social Services works to tailor services to the individualized needs of a family. Specialized responses are also available for families with children struggling with emotional disturbance, and youth that are truant from school.

We work with other professionals in the community in an effort to ensure appropriate assessment, service planning and service delivery. We believe that successful intervention flows from a partnership with children and families that build on their desire to improve the conditions and circumstances that challenge them. Scott County Human Services is honored to partner with families and the community to enhance child safety and well-being.

Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect

Call the Health & Human Services Central Intake line at 952-496-8959 (Fax: 952-496-8430) to file a report of child abuse or neglect. Reports can be made Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After-hours reports can be made to your local law enforcement agency.

Download the Form for Mandated Reporters: Suspected Child Maltreatment Reporting Form (PDF)

How old is old enough for your child to be home alone?

This question is frequently asked as children start returning to school. Here is a helpful resource with general screening guidelines: How Old is Old Enough to Be Left Home Alone? (PDF)