New law boosts protection for DCFS workers

A new law recently signed by the Governor will boost protections for Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) workers, in the wake of a violent attack on a local DCFS worker last year that led to her death in February.

Approved by unanimous support of lawmakers this spring, Senate Bill 3105 was introduced by State Sen. Tim Bivins in response to the death of a Dixon woman who worked as a DCFS child protective investigator. Pamela Knight of Dixon, was beaten during a home visit for one of her clients.

Senate Bill 3105 encourages police protection for DCFS workers who don’t have co-workers available to accompany them on a call that involves a high-risk report of child abuse or neglect, or a case that involves a person who could be violent.

Chapin Rose

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