How does Child Fatality Review Committee (CFRC) differ from the Protocol (f/k/a Child Abuse Protocol) Committee?

Both the CFRC and the Protocol Committee are mandated by O.C.G.A. 19-15, however they are separate committees with separate functions.  There is often an overlap between the members that sit on each of the different committees; however, it is important to note the different functions of each committee.

Under O.C.G.A. 19-15-2, the Protocol Committee is responsible for establishing a written protocol to address procedures to be used in the county when investigating and prosecuting cases arising from alleged child abuse.  The Protocol Committee should also address the methods to be used in coordinating treatment programs for the perpetrator, the family and the child. 

The Protocol Committee has an emphasis on child abuse and exploitation cases of children who are still alive.  The CFRC has an emphasis on child deaths, regardless of whether the death resulted from child maltreatment.

Please refer to the Model Protocol located under "Protocols & Resources".