Kansas to require safety education for social workers

TOPEKA | Kansas social workers will face a new requirement for safety training under legislation scheduled to be signed Thursday by Gov. Mark Parkinson.

Social workers will have to take six hours of safety training the first time they apply to have their licenses renewed. The requirement takes effect at the start of 2011.

The legislation is a response to the 2004 death of Terri Zenner, a Lenexa social worker who was stabbed while visiting the Johnson County home of a 17-year-old client. The client, Andrew Ellmaker, was later convicted of murder.