Child Abuse Reporting Laws for South Carolina

State and Statute: South Carolina, Code §§ 63-7-310 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, sexual, or mental abuse or neglect by a child's "parent, guardian or other person responsible for his welfare" (includes an employee of a child day care facility), or any act that would constitute child abuse if committed by a parent, guardian, or other person responsible for a child's welfare. [310(A)] Any "act or omission [that] was committed by a person other than the parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the child's welfare." [63-7-20 and 310(B)]

Mandatory Reporters: Includes a "member of the clergy" and any school teacher, counselor, principal, assistant principal, social or public assistance worker, or childcare worker in a childcare center or foster care facility "when in the person's professional capacity the person has received information which gives the person reason to believe that a child has been or may be abused or neglected." [310(A)]

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