Mandated reporters are an essential part of the child protection system because they have an enhanced capacity, through their expertise and direct contact with children, to identify suspected child abuse and neglect.  Learn more about Mandatory Reporting on

Mandatory reporters are required by law to report child abuse, but anyone concerned about a child’s safety and welfare is encouraged to report abuse and/or neglect.

Who is a mandatory reporter in South Dakota?

Chemical Dependency Counselor, Child Advocacy Organization Employees or Volunteer, Chiropractor, Coroners, CPS Staff, Dentist, Doctor of Osteopathy, Domestic Abuse Shelter Employees or Volunteers, EMT, Hospital Intern or Resident, Hospital Personnel, Law Enforcement Officers, Licensed or Registered Child Welfare Provider, Mental Health Professionals or Counselor, Nurse, Optometrist, Parole or Court Services Officers, Physician, Podiatrist, Psychologist, Religious Healing Practitioner, School Counselor, School Official, School Personnel, Social Worker, Teacher, Any Safety-Sensitive Position (SDCL 23-3-64(2)).

The Law

South Dakota Law requires the reporting of child abuse and neglect by certain persons (called mandated reporters) and permits the reporting of child abuse and neglect by all persons.

Mandatory Reporter Training

The Department of Social Services offers free, online training for mandatory reporters and members of the public. Visit their website here.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Division of Child Protection Services and law enforcement agencies are required by law to investigate reports of child abuse or neglect.

Report child abuse or neglect.

Call 1.877.244.0864

DSS Intake Specialists will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

If reporting before 8 a.m., after 5 p.m., on the weekends or during a holiday, please contact local law enforcement.
Always call 911 if a child is in immediate danger!