Child Information Sharing Scheme

The Scheme enables information sharing between authorised organisations to promote a child's wellbeing or safety.

The Child Information Sharing Scheme allows authorised organisations to share information to support child wellbeing or safety.

Many organisations already work together to do this. The Scheme has expanded legal permissions for professionals to share and request information from other professionals. This ensures that professionals working with children can gain a complete view of the children they work with, making it easier to identify wellbeing or safety needs earlier, and to act on them sooner.

Who is an authorised organisation?

Authorised organisations include services that work with children, young people and families, such as Child Protection, Youth Justice, Maternal and Child Health, and Victoria Police.

View the list of authorised organisations and services.

Who is covered?

All Victorian children and young people from 0-18 years of age are covered by the Child Information Sharing Scheme.

How sharing can make a difference

Watch the videos below to hear from some champions of the Scheme about how sharing can make the difference.

Liana Buchanan, Commissioner for Children and Young People

Stacey Brown, CEO of Yappera Children’s Service Cooperative

Sue Higgins, Principal of St Kilda Primary School 

What do I need to know?

Child Link will be a web-based platform that displays information about a child to authorised key professionals who have responsibility for child wellbeing and safety.

Together, Child Link and the Child Information Sharing Scheme will help give professionals the clarity and tools they need to share vital information to help improve outcomes for children and young people in Victoria.

To find out more information about Child Link, visit the Child Link page.

More information

To find out how to make a request under the Child Information Sharing Scheme and to access other resources, visit the guides, templates and tools page.

To access the range of resources developed for education and care workforces, visit the PROTECT website. 

Reviewed 15 February 2021

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