Statewide Model Child Abuse Protocol

Statewide Model Protocol for the Multidisciplinary Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse and Sexual Exploitation Cases as well as the Minimum Standards Protocol (a condensed version of the Statewide Model Protocol) is available for download.

Protocol Training is provided by OCA and a detailed description of training offered can be found under the "Training" tab.

Revisions to both the Statewide Model Protocol and the Minimum Standards Protocol will be released as needed to keep it up to date with legislative mandates, DFCS policy, best practices, requested additions and new resources.

Georgia law requires each county to have a Protocol to be used in investigating and prosecuting cases arising from alleged child abuse and sexual exploitation.  Georgia law requires each county to establish a Protocol Committee which is responsible to adopt a written protocol, amend the protocol to keep it up to date, conduct semi-annual meetings and issue a yearly report on July 1st. (O.C.G.A. §19-15-2)

The statewide Model Protocol is a written document outlining in detail the procedures to be used in investigating and prosecuting cases arising from alleged cases of child abuse (physical, emotional and sexual) and child sexual exploitation and to assist counties with the development of local protocols which reflect the best practices in investigation and management in these cases.

The purpose of the protocol is to ensure coordination and cooperation between all agencies involved in a child abuse case so as to increase the efficiency of all agencies handling such cases, to minimize the stress created for the allegedly abused child by the legal and investigatory process, and to ensure that more effective treatment is provided including counseling. O.C.G.A.§19-15-2 (f)

The statewide Model Protocol was updated and revised July 21, 2014 with the input of many stakeholders and collaborative partners.  Revisions are posted at least once a year to reflect legislative updates and policy and best practice changes. Due to high demand and a request for a smaller version the Minimum Standards Protocol was developed and released on November 13, 2014.

We encourage you to review the Protocol, educate your local stakeholders and Protocol committee members on its changes and update your county's protocol and provide a copy to our office.

Please contact OCA to for information or to schedule training for local Protocol Committees or multidisciplinary team members. (See Protocol Training under the Training tab for further information.)