Information sharing schemes and the MARAM framework

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 Victorian government is progressing 3 interrelated reforms that are integral to reducing family violence and promoting child wellbeing and safety.

The Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS)

Enables authorised organisations and services to share information to promote the wellbeing and safety of children. Find more information on Child information sharing.

The Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS)

Enables authorised organisations and services to share information to facilitate assessment and management of family violence risk to children and adults. Find more information on Family violence information sharing.

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

Sets out the responsibilities of different workforces in identifying, assessing and managing family violence risk across the family violence and broader service system.

MARAM will guide information sharing under both information sharing schemes wherever family violence is present.

Find more information on the MARAM framework.

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