Report a Tip or Request Help
Report to the County DSS office where the child resides and to the local law enforcement agency.
Berkeley: (843) 761-8044 (press 3)
After Hours: (843) 761-8044
Charleston: (843) 953-9400 (press 2)
After Hours: (843) 953-9422
Dorchester: (843) 821-0444
After Hours: (843) 873-5111
Please consider putting these numbers in your phone!
"South Carolina law requires that certain professionals report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect, because they have unique opportunities to observe and interact with children. The following professionals are mandated reporters of child abuse or neglect:
Healthcare professionals: physicians, nurses, dentists, optometrists, medical examiners or coroners or their employees, emergency medical services, mental health or allied health professionals
Educational professionals: teachers, counselors, principals, school attendance officers
Social or public assistance professionals: substance abuse treatment staff, childcare workers, foster parents
Legal professionals: police or law enforcement officers, juvenile justice workers, volunteer non-attorney guardians ad litem serving on behalf of the South Carolina Guardian ad Litem program or on behalf of Richland County CASA, judges
Undertakers, funeral home directors, or their employees
Clergy, including Christian Science Practitioners or religious healers (subject to laws governing privileged communication)"