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Reporting Child Abuse - South Carolina


Under South Carolina law, certain professionals (including doctors and health care professionals, mental health professionals, clergy, school teachers or administrators, child care providers, foster families and law enforcement officers) are required to report any known or suspected child abuse they encounter in their professional capacities orally to the county Department of Social Services or to a law enforcement agency. Any other person may report known or suspected child abuse.

Abuse is defined to include physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.

To access the entire child abuse chapter in the official South Carolina Code online, follow:


Links to specific sections are not available to the official South Carolina Code. Links to specific sections from unofficial sources do not appear available at this time.

For more information on the South Carolina law and reporting in South Carolina, follow:


For contact information of all county social services offices by county, follow: