Resources

From 27 September 2018, organisations and services prescribed in Phase One of the Child Information Sharing Scheme and Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme will be permitted to share information to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and to identify, assess and manage family violence risk. They will also be required to respond to requests made under these schemes by other prescribed organisations and services.

At the same time, services and organisations prescribed under MARAM will be required to start the process of alignment. Alignment will take time and it is not expected that organisations will have aligned to MARAM prior to 27 September 2018. Rather, organisations will begin to adapt and align their policies, procedures, practice guidance and tools to MARAM.

Organisations and services should update their policies, and procedures, to reflect their new responsibilities under the information sharing reforms and MARAM. This includes identifying, and communicating to staff about who is authorised to share information on behalf of the organisation based on their functions and role.

A range of resources is available to help organisations and services understand their obligations and ensure information is shared in a way that balances the wellbeing and safety of children and families, including victims of family violence, with individuals' privacy.

From 27 September 2018, the Department of Justice and Regulation, the Department of Education and Training, the Department of Health and Human Services, Courts and Victoria Police will provide further guidance to funded, contracted and delivered services to support them with these processes.

Integrated resources

Module 1: Introduction to the Information Sharing Reforms and MARAM Framework

This video introduces and provides an overview of the three Victorian Government reforms.

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Organisational readiness checklist

A checklist for organisational leaders, to determine responsibilities under both the information sharing schemes and identify policies and procedures that require updating to reflect obligations under the schemes.

Organisational readiness checklist Organisational readiness checklist PDF (349.71 KB)

Organisational readiness checklist Organisational readiness checklist DOC (98.81 KB)

Fact Sheet – How do the Information Sharing Schemes work together?

A fact sheet that highlights the differences and intersections between the Child Information Sharing Scheme and the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme.

Fact Sheet - How do the Information Sharing Schemes work together? Fact Sheet - How do the Information Sharing Schemes work together? PDF (236.01 KB)

Fact Sheet - How do the Information Sharing Schemes work together? Fact Sheet - How do the Information Sharing Schemes work together? DOC (231.47 KB)

Record-keeping tips

A fact sheet with tips for information sharing entities (ISEs), to assist them with meeting their record keeping obligations under the two Information Sharing Schemes.

Record-keeping tips Record-keeping tips PDF (205.46 KB)

Record-keeping tips Record-keeping tips DOC (96.01 KB)

Tips for a conversation with a child and/or parent about information sharing

Tips and conversation prompts for ISEs, explaining the purpose of the two Information Sharing Schemes to a child and/or non-offending parent.

Tips for a conversation with a child and/or parent about information sharing Tips for a conversation with a child and/or parent about information sharing PDF (208.31 KB)

Tips for a conversation with a child and/or parent about information sharing Tips for a conversation with a child and/or parent about information sharing DOC (102.81 KB)

Information Sharing Complaints under the Family Violence and Child Information Sharing Schemes

Information Sharing Complaints under the Family Violence and Child Information Sharing Schemes Information Sharing Complaints under the Family Violence and Child Information Sharing Schemes PDF (318.22 KB)

Information Sharing Complaints under the Family Violence and Child Information Sharing Schemes Information Sharing Complaints under the Family Violence and Child Information Sharing Schemes DOC (67.22 KB)

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions Frequently asked questions PDF (629.93 KB)

Child Information Sharing Scheme resources

Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2018

The Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2018 (the Act) passed Parliament in March 2018 and received royal assent in April 2018. The Act enables authorised professionals and service providers to promote the wellbeing and safety of children through the Child Information Sharing (CIS) Scheme.

Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2018

Child Wellbeing and Safety Regulations

The regulations prescribe entities authorised to request and to share information with other prescribed entities for the purposes of promoting child wellbeing or safety, specify record keeping obligations that information sharing entities are required to comply with, and identify relevant secrecy and confidentiality provisions in other Acts, which have become displaced.

Child Wellbeing and Safety (Information Sharing) Regulations 2018

Notice of Decision and Statement of Reason

The Notice of Decision and Statement of Reasons outline the response to the key issues raised in public consultation and address the amendments made to the finalised Child information Sharing Regulations.

Notice of Decision Notice of Decision PDF (298.23 KB)

Statement of Reason Statement of Reason PDF (901.44 KB)

Child Information Sharing Ministerial Guidelines

The Child Information Sharing Scheme Ministerial Guidelines are made under section 41ZA of the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act. They explain how prescribed information sharing entities should handle confidential information responsibly, safely and appropriately under the Child Information Sharing Scheme. The Guidelines also set out how the legislative principles of the scheme are to be applied.

Child Information Sharing Ministerial Guidelines Child Information Sharing Ministerial Guidelines PDF (454.1 KB)

Child Information Sharing Ministerial Guidelines  - accessible version Child Information Sharing Ministerial Guidelines - accessible version DOC (151.03 KB)

Child Information Sharing Scheme on a page

Aimed at the whole of community sector, this resource explains the child information sharing scheme in a brief summary.

Child Information Sharing Scheme on a page Child Information Sharing Scheme on a page PDF (38.06 KB)

Child Information Sharing Scheme on a page  - accessible version Child Information Sharing Scheme on a page - accessible version DOC (57.96 KB)

Child Information Sharing Pathway Infographic

Shows how practitioners would approach the wellbeing of a child while considering the intersection of all three reforms.

Child Information Sharing Pathway Infographic Child Information Sharing Pathway Infographic PDF (177.15 KB)

Child Information Sharing Pathway Infographic - accessible version Child Information Sharing Pathway Infographic - accessible version DOC (60.14 KB)

Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme resources

Family Violence Information Sharing Guidelines

The responsible Minister has issued Guidelines under Part 5A, which are legally binding for all prescribed Information Sharing Entities (ISEs) (except courts). The Guidelines provide direction to ISEs on how to apply Part 5A in sharing information with other ISEs in relation to assessing or managing risk of family violence and includes guidance and resources to ensure that information is shared appropriately and responsibly.

Ministerial Guidelines - Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme Ministerial Guidelines - Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme PDF (5.81 MB)

Ministerial Guidelines - Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme - accessible version Ministerial Guidelines - Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme - accessible version DOC (2.37 MB)

Family Violence Information Sharing Ministerial Guidelines — Summary

This document provide a summary of the Family Violence Information Sharing Ministerial Guidelines and explains how to share information under the scheme in relation to assessing or managing risk of family violence.

Family Violence Information Sharing Guidelines - Summary Family Violence Information Sharing Guidelines - Summary PDF (1.84 MB)

Family Violence Information Sharing Guidelines - Summary  - accessible version Family Violence Information Sharing Guidelines - Summary - accessible version DOC (956.86 KB)

A guide for ISEs on how to share information

This is a guide for ISEs on how to share information that is relevant to assessing and managing risk of family violence.

A guide for ISEs on how to share information A guide for ISEs on how to share information PDF (1.94 MB)

Overview of the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme

Provides an overview of the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme on a page.

Overview of the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme Overview of the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme PDF (2.05 MB)

Information sharing process checklist when making a request

Checklist for ISEs to assist them in making a request under Part 5A of the scheme.

Information sharing process checklist when making a request Information sharing process checklist when making a request PDF (726.08 KB)

Information sharing process checklist when responding to a request

Checklist for ISEs on how to respond to a request to share information.

Information sharing process checklist when responding to a request Information sharing process checklist when responding to a request PDF (860.79 KB)

Information sharing consent form (for adult victim survivors only)

Example consent form about information sharing for ISEs to use with an adult victim survivor.

Information sharing consent form (for adult victim survivors only) Information sharing consent form (for adult victim survivors only) PDF (756.64 KB)

Tips for conversations with adult victim survivors about consenting to information sharing

Tips and conversation prompts for ISEs on how to explain information sharing to an adult victim survivor.

Tips for conversations with adult victim survivors about consenting to information sharing Tips for conversations with adult victim survivors about consenting to information sharing PDF (854.14 KB)

Tips for a conversation with a child victim survivor or parent who is not a perpetrator

Tips and conversation prompts for ISEs on how to explain information sharing to child victim survivors and/or a parent who is not a perpetrator.

Tips for a conversation with a child victim survivor or parent who is not a perpetrator Tips for a conversation with a child victim survivor or parent who is not a perpetrator PDF (855.83 KB)

Your information and your safety factsheet

This fact sheet is for clients who are victim survivors and outlines what information may be shared with them and with others to manage their safety.

Your Information and Your Safety fact sheet Your Information and Your Safety fact sheet PDF (787.72 KB)

Example record keeping form

An example of a record keeping form for ISEs on requirements under the scheme.

Example record keeping form Example record keeping form PDF (792.19 KB)

MARAM resources

The MARAM Framework (Policy document)

The MARAM Framework will support professionals across the service system to better understand their responsibilities to undertake risk assessment and management, including information sharing and working collaboratively.

Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework PDF (856.94 KB)

Framework on a page

Framework on a page Framework on a page PDF (210.75 KB)

MARAM organisational check list

A checklist guide to support organisational leaders with aligning their organisational policies, procedures, practice guidance and tools to MARAM.

MARAM alignment checklist MARAM alignment checklist PDF (122.57 KB)

MARAM responsibilities decision guide for organisational leaders

High-level guidance for organisational leaders on determining MARAM responsibilities.

MARAM responsibilities: Decision guide for organisational leaders MARAM responsibilities: Decision guide for organisational leaders PDF (167.85 KB)

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