A top priority of the Victorian Government is keeping children safe and supporting their wellbeing.
Over the last decade, many independent inquiries and reviews have recommended reform to Victoria’s child information sharing laws, as a lack of information sharing has contributed to negative outcomes to the wellbeing and safety of Victorian children.
The Child Information Sharing (CIS) Scheme responds to these recommendations, including recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Three interrelated reforms to improve information sharing and risk assessment are being progressed by the Victorian Government.
These schemes strengthen the ability of authorised and trained professionals and organisations to work better together to identify vulnerability and risk early to make sure children and families get the help they need as early as possible.
The Child Information Sharing (CIS) Scheme, which will start on 3 September 2018 for a first phase of organisations, will allow information sharing between authorised and trained professionals specifically to promote children’s wellbeing and safety.
All Victorian children and young people from 0 to under 18 years of age will be covered by the new Scheme.
The Family Violence Information Sharing (FVIS) Scheme, which was introduced on 28 February 2018, enables information sharing between authorised and trained organisations and professionals specifically to assess and manage family violence risk to children and adults.
Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) Framework) is being redeveloped in line with recommendation one of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Framework will support authorised and trained organisations and professionals in their roles and responsibilities to specifically assess and manage family violence risk to better protect victims and hold perpetrators to account.
Thank you for your participation
The CIS Scheme Regulations, Regulatory Impact Statement, Ministerial Guidelines and Human Rights Certificate were open for public consultation over May to July 2018.
With consideration of the feedback received at public forums and through written submissions, the Minister for Families and Children has announced her decision to proceed with the making of the Child Wellbeing and Safety (Information Sharing) Regulations 2018.
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 CIS Regulations.
The new CIS Regulations will commence from 27 September 2018 for a first phase of prescribed information sharing entities, in alignment with the Family Violence Protection (Information Sharing and Risk Management) Regulations 2018.
The CIS Ministerial Guidelines have also been published to assist information sharing entities to handle confidential information responsibly, safely and appropriately under the scheme.
The CIS Regulations and Ministerial Guidelines can be found on the Child Information Sharing website
The key documents
How to participate
The primary purpose for collecting this information is to engage stakeholders on the Child Information Sharing (CIS) Scheme, as part of a 28-day mandatory consultation period for new legislation.
The Victorian Government is seeking the views and professional opinions of relevant stakeholders to inform the development and implementation of the CIS Scheme (including on the Ministerial Guidelines, Regulations and Regulatory Impact Statement).
The Department of Education and Training (DET), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Family Safety Victoria (FSV) are overseeing the CIS Scheme.
The information gathered will be used to inform the Department’s development of materials and public position on the Child Information Sharing Scheme, and for no other purpose.
Submissions will require at a minimum an email address, but no other unique information. People will be able to opt for their names to be associated with their views expressed. The consultation will not collect any sensitive or health information except for email addresses.
The only purpose of the consultation submission is to inform the Department’s development of materials and public position on the Child Information Sharing Scheme.
The Engage Victorian online platform will initially collect the information, before transfer to a restricted location on the Department’s Sharepoint system. Only those closely involved in the project will have permission to access the information. Colleagues in DHHS will receive the information as an email attachment, with a confidential tag, and then stored in a secure location with restricted access.
The information will remain in the servers of DET and DHHS.