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Here Are The Mandatory Reporting Laws In South Carolina


South Carolina

(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse?  No.

(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Not explicitly. If a coach is also a “school teacher, counselor, principal, assistant principal,” or “school attendance officer,” he or she must report.

(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? No. The law requires school teachers to report, but the term “teacher” is not defined, and likely is meant to apply to K-12 teachers at the local school level.

(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes. A person who fails to report can be fined up to $500 and thrown in jail for up to six months.

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Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."