How to Report Child Abuse

If you have concerns that a child is being abused or neglected by a parent, guardian, or any other adult responsible for that child’s welfare, make a report to the Department of Social Services (DSS) in the county where the child lives.

If you have concerns that the child was abused by a non-caregiver or the abuse is a criminal matter, make a report to the law enforcement agency where the alleged offense occurred.

If a child makes a disclosure, do NOT do an in depth interview, instead conduct a Minimal Facts Interview:

  • Who? Names of victims and suspects
  • What? What happened
  • Where? Where did the incident happen
  • When? When did it happen
  • Witnesses? Were there any witnesses

Dorchester County Contacts:

Berkeley County Contacts: