Child Abuse Reporting Laws for South Dakota

State and Statute: South Dakota, Code §§ 26-8A-1 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical or mental abuse or neglect by a child's parent, guardian, or custodian, or sexual abuse by a child's parent, guardian, custodian, or other person responsible for a child's care. [8A-2]

Mandatory Reporters: Includes any counselor, teacher, school counselor or official, licensed or registered child welfare provider, or religious healing practitioner. [8A-3]

How and Where to Report: "Orally … by telephone or otherwise to the state's attorney of the county in which the child resides or is present, to the Department of Social Services, or to law enforcement officers." [8A-8]

Timeline to Report: Immediately. [8A-8]

Clergy Privilege: "The privilege of confidentiality set forth in §§ 19-2-3 (physician-patient privilege), 19-19-503 (psychotherapist-patient privilege), 19-19-504 (spousal privilege), 19-19-508.1 (school counselor-student privilege), and 36-26-30 (social worker-client) may not be claimed in any judicial proceeding involving an alleged abused or neglected child or resulting from the giving or causing the giving of a report concerning abuse or neglect of a child … inclusive." [8A-15]

Log In For Full Access

Interested in becoming a member? Learn more.

View All
from our store
2020 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

2020 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

Find comprehensive help understanding United States tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches.
Talking to Your Congregation About Money

Talking to Your Congregation About Money

Helpful insights on talking about money and encouraging people to become generous givers.



Experience a whole new way to set compensation. Eliminate the guesswork – get access to detailed compensation reports in just minutes.