26-8A-8 Oral report of abuse or neglect--To whom made--Response report.
Oral report of abuse or neglect--To whom made--Response report.
required by §§ 26-8A-3, 26-8A-6, and 26-8A-7 and by other sections of this chapter shall be made
orally and immediately by telephone or otherwise to the state's attorney of the county in which the
child resides or is present, to the Department of Social Services or to law enforcement officers. The
state's attorney or law enforcement officers, upon receiving a report, shall immediately notify the
Department of Social Services. Any person receiving a report of suspected child abuse or child
neglect shall keep the report confidential as provided in § 26-8A-13, except as otherwise provided
in chapter 26-7A or this chapter.
The person receiving a report alleging child abuse or neglect shall ask whether or not the
reporting party desires a response report. If requested by the reporting person, the Department of
Social Services or the concerned law enforcement officer shall issue within thirty days, a written
acknowledgment of receipt of the report and a response stating whether or not the report will be
Source: SL 1964, ch 90, § 2; SL 1973, ch 172, § 2; SL 1975, ch 179, § 3; SL 1980, ch 192, § 1; SL
1984, ch 192, § 3; SL 1991, ch 217, § 117B; SDCL, § 26-10-12.