Information Sharing Scheme (ISS) Update

Registration for training is now open for up to five lead staff from each phase one prescribed information sharing entity to attend the Child and Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme training, held by the Department of Health and Human Services. It is expected that after the completion the training, the leadership staff will support the roll out of the reforms within their organisations.

Further limited sessions will be scheduled in the CBD and in regional locations over the next few months. Registration is via Eventbrite using the password ‘Collaboration’ (see below for links). There is no cost for attending the training.

Queries about training can be directed to infosharing@dhhs.vic.gov.au  As well as information sharing training sessions for key staff, additional resources and online training modules are available at www.vic.gov.au/maram-practice-guidance-and-tools

View the full table of training and registration details at www.vic.gov.au/training-for-information-sharing-and-maram

Multi Agency Risk Assessment Framework (MARAM) Update

MARAM Practice Guidelines for working with victim survivors are set to be released in July 2019, with final edits from sector feedback being incorporated.

MARAM training is now available. MARAM Leading Alignment for senior leaders and comprehensive MARAM training for specialist workforces have been prioritised and will commence from 7 May 2019. Registrations for these modules opened on 29 April 2019.  Other MARAM training will be available later in 2019.

To register for the training and find out more information please access the Family Safety Victoria (FSV) website. Any queries related to MARAM training please email infosharing@familysafety.vic.gov.au

Are you an organisational leader who is unsure of your responsibilities relating to MARAM across your organisation? Please find the FSV resource that outlines the different MARAM responsibilities across workforces in line with the capability framework.

Read more about the training sessions at www.vic.gov.au/training-for-information-sharing-and-maram

Australasian Working Together to End Men’s Family Violence Conference

The Australasian Working Together to End Men’s Family Violence Conference on 22 and 23 May will examine how to strengthen the whole-of-community approach to engage men who use violence.  The conference brings together local and international practitioners to discuss current and emerging ways to engage with men who use violence, while supporting the safety and freedom of affected partners, children and families.

Bookings can be made via Criterion Conferences.

About the Information Sharing Reforms

Child Information Sharing Scheme (CIS)

The CIS Scheme was developed in response to numerous independent reviews and child death inquiries over the past decade, including the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. These reviews and inquiries recommended reform to Victoria’s information sharing arrangements to improve wellbeing and safety outcomes for children, by addressing a risk-averse culture to sharing information. The new CIS Scheme began on 27 September 2018 to allow information sharing between authorised and trained organisations and professionals specifically to promote children’s wellbeing and safety. All Victorian children and young people from 0 to under 18 years of age are covered by the new Scheme. 

Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVIS) and MARAM

The Royal Commission into Family Violence identified that organisations working with victims and perpetrators of family violence collect a wide variety of information. It also identified barriers that prevent information from being shared as effectively as it could be. The Commission found that the failure to share crucial information can have serious consequences for victims of family violence. The Commission (and review of the Common Risk Assessment Framework – CRAF) also recognised the need to set out standards, roles and responsibilities, and include assessment tools and practice guidance for family violence identification, risk assessment and risk management. 

The FVIS Scheme was introduced in February 2018 to enable information sharing between authorised and trained organisations and professionals specifically to assess and manage family violence risk to children and adults.

The MARAM Framework was redeveloped in line with recommendation one of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Framework will support professionals in their roles and responsibilities to assess and manage family violence risk to better protect victims and hold perpetrators to account and will be rolled out as part of an integrated reform package on 27 September.

Together, the CIS Scheme and the FVIS Scheme will enable professionals from health, human services, justice, police, the courts and education to share information to promote children’s wellbeing and safety and better protect all Victorian children.

From 3 September 2018, training and other resources are provided by government departments working together to align implementation of the three reforms. Organisations are expected to follow a ‘maturity model’ to adapt their policies and procedures to make these changes.

The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare has been involved in a number of key reform activities relating to information sharing and the current reforms.  The Centre has played a critical intermediary role, consulting with the sector and providing feedback to the Training and Practice Advisory Group (TPAG) members whose responsibility it was to design and develop the training materials.

Read our sector update from our Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS) sector forum here. 

To help further understand the reforms, government agencies have provided the following slides:

Further information on the schemes can be found at:

Website: www.vic.gov.au/childsharing
DHHS: childinforsharing@dhhs.vic.gov.au
DET: childinfosharing@edumail.vic.gov.au

Website: https://www.vic.gov.au/familyviolence/family-safety-victoria/information-sharing-and-risk-management.html
Email: infosharing@familysafety.vic.gov.au


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