Family Violence and Child Information sharing schemes

Introduction

The Victorian Government wants to help children and young people stay safe and have the best possible chance to live successful and happy lives.

The new Child Information Sharing (CIS) Scheme allows authorised organisations and professionals who work with children, young people and their families to share information with each other to promote children's wellbeing and safety. Many services already work together to do this, but the new CIS Scheme makes it easier for professionals to support children, young people and families get the help they need as early as possible, and prevent any harm occurring.

All Victorian children and young people from 0-18 years of age are covered by the new CIS Scheme.

The Victorian Government will also build a new IT system called Child Link that will draw together information from existing government information management systems. The information will only be accessible to trained and authorised children’s service practitioners. Appropriate safeguards will be in place to protect a child’s information.

The CIS Scheme complements the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS). The two schemes will be applied in an integrated way to respond to a range of wellbeing and safety needs and risks for children, including where family violence is present for any family members. For more information about the FVISS, see Information Sharing and Risk Management

About the Reforms

The Child Information Sharing (CIS) Scheme

The Child Information Sharing (CIS) Scheme, which will start on 27 September 2018 for a first phase of organisations, will allow information sharing between authorised and trained professionals specifically to promote children's wellbeing and safety.

All Victorian children and young people from 0 to under 18 years of age will be covered by the new Scheme.

The Family Violence Information Sharing (FVIS) Scheme

The Family Violence Information Sharing (FVIS) Scheme, which was introduced on 28 February 2018, enables information sharing between authorised and trained organisations and professionals specifically to assess and manage family violence risk to children and adults. Phase one rollout will commence on 27 September 2018.

The Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) Framework

The MARAM Framework is being redeveloped in line with recommendation one of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Framework will support authorised and trained organisations and professionals in their roles and responsibilities to specifically assess and manage family violence risk to better protect 

More information

Training for information sharing schemes and MARAM

Resources

Ministerial Guidelines
                 
Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme and MARAM                
                
Email: infosharing@familysafety.vic.gov.au               
                
Website: https://www.vic.gov.au/familyviolence/family-safety-victoria/information-sharing-and-risk-management.html                 
                          
Child Information Sharing Scheme                
               
Email: ChildInfoSharing@edumail.vic.gov.au          

Website: https://www.vic.gov.au/childinfosharing