Child abuse and neglect reports are made by individuals and people from a
variety of professions and organizations. Any person may make a report,
however, South Dakota State law requires the following persons, also referred
to as mandatory reporters, to report suspected child abuse and neglect as
defined in SDCL 26-8A-3.
Mandatory reporters have extensive contact with children on a daily basis.
Often times, a mandatory reporter is the first individual a child will
disclose abuse or neglect to because of the close relationship and contact
with the child. In turn, mandatory reporters are often the first to suspect
child abuse or neglect because they recognize the behavioral changes and
other signs that may indicate a child is being abused or neglected.
Failure by a mandatory reporter to report child abuse or neglect is a
misdemeanor. The Division of Child Protection Services and law enforcement
agencies are required by law to investigate reports of child abuse or
neglect. Any person who knows or has reasonable cause to suspect a child
has been physically or emotionally injured, neglected or sexually abused
should report it immediately.
Even though this training is designed for mandatory reporters in the
State of South Dakota, any and all citizens who are concerned about a
child's safety and welfare are encouraged to report abuse and/or neglect.
Upon successful completion of this training video, a certificate will
appear as a pdf. The pdf will need to be printed by the user. If you do
not have a printer readily available, the pdf may be emailed for
printing at a later date.