Child Abuse and Neglect

Mandatory Reporters

 

 

 

 

For more information, or to schedule a training session, contact the Children’s Law Office at

(803) 777-1646 or http://childlaw.sc.edu.

 

The Children’s Law Office is funded in part by the SC Bar Foundation

 

School of Law University of South Carolina

 

Legal Requirements for Reporting

 

Mandatory Reporters

 

 

When to Report

 

 

 

Where to Report

 

 

 

Confidentiality

 

 

 

 

Immunity from Liability

 

 

False or Malicious Reports

 

 

Photographs

 

 

Detainment by Medical Professionals and Medical Examinations

 

 

 

 

Prenatal Exposure to Controlled Substances and Alcohol

 

 

Privileged Communication

 

 

 

Processing the Report:

 

The Child Protection System

 

 

 

Investigation of Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Court Hearings

 

 

Intervention

 

 

Emergency Protective Custody

 

 

Removal

 

 

 

Permanency Planning

 

 

Termination of Parental Rights

 

 

Processing the Report:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Indicators of Maltreatment

 

Child:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

 

 

 

Recognizing Child Abuse or Neglect

 

 

Parent:

 

 

Signs of Physical Abuse

 

Child:

 

 

Parent:

 

 

Signs of Neglect

 

Child:

 

 

Parent:

 

 

Signs of Sexual Abuse

 

Child:

 

 

Parent:

 

 

Signs of Mental Injury (Emotional Maltreatment)

 

Child:

 

 

Parent:

 

 

 

Guidelines for Mandatory Reporters

 

 

The following are suggested guidelines to further assist mandatory reporters in recognizing and reporting suspected child abuse and neglect.

 

Responding to a Child

 

 

Documentation

 

 

Making a Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact with Parents

 

 

 

 

Follow-Up

 

 

Definitions

 

Child

 

 

Child Abuse or Neglect or Harm

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Person Responsible for a Child’s Welfare

 

 

Physical Injury

 

 

Mental Injury

 

 

Abandonment

 

 

Indicated Report

 

 

Unfounded Report

 

 

Preponderance of Evidence

 

 

Good Faith

 

 

Bad Faith

 

 

Central Registry of Child Abuse and Neglect

 

 

 

References South Carolina Codes