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About the Minimum Standards Protocol Enhancement Project

The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR), is pleased to announce a new project, funded by the Children’s Justice Act Task Force through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). The goal of this project, the Minimum Standards Protocol Enhancement Project (MSPE), is to update California’s Minimum Standard Protocol (MSP) for the Investigation of Child Abuse and Neglect. The MSP was created by the California Children’s Justice Act Task Force, to identify key concerns and issues that should be addressed when developing a written investigative protocol for the investigation of child abuse and neglect.

Through the MSPE Project, CIR will be conducting a series of online workshops to gather feedback on investigations and possible changes to the MSP. The goal of the project is to share current practices and protocols, discuss gaps that arise during investigations, and share key learnings from successful cases, in a facilitated online session. The information gathered at these sessions will be used to recommend changes for the MSP to increase its usefulness and relevance — and to ultimately improve investigations.

California is a state that is not only diverse by race and culture, but also by its range of county sizes and geography. Each region in the state has a diverse set of socio-economic, geographic, and population differences. The project intends to include consideration of these differences by gathering input from key personnel across the state through regional sessions and additional discussions as needed.

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