Governor Fletcher and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are pushing for a new social worker bill. This one would take the risk out of what they say can be one of the nation’s most dangerous jobs.
The legislation would give all state social workers two-way radios equipped with a panic button. It would also require that supervised visits between birth parents and their abused or neglected children take place in neutral locations.
“These social workers are harassed. They are attacked. They are in very critical situations on a moments notice,” Kentucky Senator Daniel Mongiardio said.
The bill is in reaction to the murder of Kentucky child welfare worker Boni Frederick. Fredick was stabbed and beaten when she took a ten-month-old boy to his mother’s house for a visit.