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South Carolina Child Abuse Laws

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Code Section 20-7-490, et seq.
What Constitutes Abuse Child whose death results from or whose physical or mental health or welfare is harmed or threatened with harm including physical or mental injuries sustained as a result of excessive corporal punishment, sexual abuse/exploitation, neglect or abandonment, encouraging delinquency
Mandatory Reporting Required By Physician, nurse, dentist, coroner, EMT, mental health or allied health professional, clergy, Christian Science practitioner, religious healer, school teacher/counselor, social or public assistance worker, child care or day care center worker, police or law enforcement officer, undertaker, funeral home director/employee, judge, optometrist, film processor
Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect Having reason to believe that a child's physical or mental health or welfare has been or may be adversely affected by abuse or neglect
To Whom Reported County Department of Social Services or law enforcement agency in county where child resides or is found
Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting Failure to report: misdemeanor, and fine up to $500 and/or jail up to 6 months; False report: subject to civil action for actual & punitive damages, costs and attorney's fees

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