During this time of social distancing and school closings in South Carolina, a child's ability to report abuse can be impacted. However, the past has shown us that during times of economic instability and other crisis, rates of child abuse and neglect actually increase. When children have to stay at home, they are often isolated from the places where adults and friends might become aware of an issue with their safety or well-being. This includes places like child care facilities, schools, churches, and many other public areas. Since some abused children are now isolated, it is more important than ever to be vigilant.
It is important that all adults speak out: Kids need all adults to be vigilant. Speak out loud enough to be heard and report abuse. We all need to be aware of our responsibility to protect children both now and once this COVID-19 crisis has passed.
Report suspected abuse or neglect: To report child abuse or neglect, please call 888-CARE4US (888-227-3487). You may also use the button below to contact the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS). for more information or reach out to your local Children's Advocacy Center for guidance. If there is an emergency situation, please call 911. To view a resource flyer for all adults that describes some possible signs of child abuse or neglect click on the image or link to the left.
The link below is to the DSS contact page on the DSS website where you will find information on how to contact a local DSS office in the county where the child lives. Remember in an emergency, call 911 for immediate assistance.
If you a teacher who is teaching online due to the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to review the general resource flyer via the above link. You can then view some things to be aware of when teaching online by Clicking Here.
Join the conversation about how important it is for adults to speak out and report abuse at #BeHeard4Kids and learn how you can help us help Kids.