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325 ILCS 5/11.5
(325 ILCS 5/11.5)
(from Ch. 23, par. 2061.5)
Public awareness program.
(a) No later than 6 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly, the Department of Children and Family Services shall develop culturally sensitive materials on child abuse and child neglect, the statewide toll-free telephone number established under Section 7.6, and the process for reporting any reasonable suspicion of child abuse or child neglect.
The Department shall reach out to businesses and organizations to seek assistance in raising awareness about child abuse and child neglect and the statewide toll-free telephone number established under Section 7.6, including posting notices. The Department shall make a model notice available for download on the Department's website. The model notice shall:
(1) be available in English, Spanish, and the 2 other
languages most widely spoken in the State;
(2) be at least 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches in size
and written in a 16-point font;
(3) include the following statement:
"Protecting children is a responsibility we all
share. It is important for every person to take child abuse and child neglect seriously, to be able to recognize when it happens, and to know what to do next. If you have reason to believe a child you know is being abused or neglected, call the State's child abuse hotline; and
(4) include the statewide toll-free telephone number
established under Section 7.6, and the Department's website address where more information about child abuse and child neglect is available.
(b) Within the appropriation available, the Department shall conduct
a continuing education and training program for State and local staff,
persons and officials required to report, the general public, and other
persons engaged in or intending to engage in the prevention, identification,
and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The program shall be designed
to encourage the fullest degree of reporting of known and suspected child
abuse and neglect, and to improve communication, cooperation, and coordination
among all agencies in the identification, prevention, and treatment of child
abuse and neglect. The program shall inform the general public and
professionals of the nature and extent of child abuse and neglect and their
responsibilities, obligations, powers and immunity from liability under
this Act. It may include information on the diagnosis of child abuse and
neglect and the roles and procedures of the Child Protective Service Unit,
the Department and central register, the courts and of the protective,
treatment, and ameliorative
services available to children and their families. Such information may
also include special needs of mothers at risk of delivering a child whose
life or development may be threatened by a disabling condition, to ensure
informed consent to treatment of the condition and understanding of the
unique child care responsibilities required for such a child. The program
may also encourage parents and other persons
having responsibility for the welfare of children to seek assistance on
their own in meeting their child care responsibilities and encourage the
voluntary acceptance of available services when they are needed. It may
also include publicity and dissemination of information on the existence
and number of the 24 hour, State-wide, toll-free telephone service to assist
persons seeking assistance and to receive reports of known and suspected
abuse and neglect.
(c) Within the appropriation available, the Department also shall conduct
a continuing education and training program for State and local staff
involved in investigating reports of child abuse or neglect made under this
Act. The program shall be designed to train such staff in the necessary
and appropriate procedures to be followed in investigating cases which it
appears may result in civil or criminal charges being filed against a
person. Program subjects shall include but not be limited to the gathering
of evidence with a view toward presenting such evidence in court and the
involvement of State or local law enforcement agencies in the investigation.
The program shall be conducted in cooperation with State or local law
enforcement agencies, State's Attorneys and other components of the
criminal justice system as the Department deems appropriate.
(Source: P.A. 101-564, eff. 1-1-20