The California Minimum Standards Protocol

The California Children’s Justice Act Task Force (CJA) is dedicated to improving the investigation and prosecution of child abuse crimes in California. To that end, this multi-agency task force developed the Minimum Standards Protocol for the Investigation of Child Abuse and Neglect (MSP).The MSP identifies the key concerns and issues that should be addressed when developing a written investigative protocol for child abuse cases. The MSP was first developed in the early 1990’s after a series of transfer of knowledge workshops across the state. The MSP has been revised over the years to acknowledge concerns with drug endangered children and children exposed to domestic violence.


Please download the following documents to learn more about MSP and if your county is following the guidelines.