South Carolina Child Abuse Laws
|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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