What is Child Link?
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. Child Link will show limited but critical information, such as a child’s participation in key early childhood and education services.
By providing information, Child Link will help authorised key professionals to:
- collaborate with other services and professionals working with the child and their family
- identify needs, issues and vulnerabilities that may be present earlier and provide the support necessary to prevent an escalation of harm
- make more informed decisions about the wellbeing, safety and support needs of a child in their school or service
Security and privacy are core to the design of Child Link and strict safeguards will be in place to protect information.
Who will be authorised to use Child Link?
Information displayed on Child Link will only be accessible to authorised users.
Most users will be professionals who have regular contact with children and families, and will be able to identify and intervene early where there is a wellbeing or safety concern. Professionals will need to be authorised by a designated senior staff member within their school or service to gain access to Child Link. Authorised professionals may include:
- Child Protection workers
- Maternal and Child Health nurses
- Key staff in Early Childhood Education settings
- School principals, student wellbeing officers and key teaching staff.
When will Child Link be available?
Child Link will become operational by December 2021, with authorised professionals progressively onboarded from 2021 onward.
What do I need to know?
Child Link will show limited but critical information, such as a child’s participation in key early childhood and education services.
Child Link will not display or have the functionality to input case notes, professional opinions or health records. Child Link will not offer contact details of the child or their families such as phone numbers or addresses.
Child Link will be supported by technology that brings together data from existing systems and does not require people to opt in.
Information displayed on Child Link will only be accessible to a prescribed group of authorised users who have responsibility for the wellbeing or safety of children.
Professionals will need to be authorised by a designated senior staff member within their school or service.
Comprehensive training and support is being developed to help authorised professionals understand their obligations and responsibilities, prior to accessing Child Link.
Professionals will have to undertake mandatory training before gaining access to Child Link.
Child Information Sharing Scheme
The Child Information Sharing Scheme allows authorised organisations to share information to support child wellbeing or 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.
Reviewed 27 November 2020