Child Information Sharing Scheme

Improving Child Safety and Wellbeing and Family Violence Outcomes Project

Keeping children safe and ensuring their wellbeing is essential.

While you’ve been busy caring for your community during COVID-19 there have been some other changes happening. Primary health care (PHC) nurses can contribute to community safety and wellbeing by learning about, and acting on, changes to information sharing requirements. 

APNA is working with the Victorian Department of Education and Training - Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS) to improve child safety and wellbeing and family violence outcomes by improving information sharing across sectors including primary health care. Child information sharing reforms for the purposes of the Project relate to Victoria.

Please join us for our 2nd Education sessionon Wednesday 25 May 12-12.30pm.

The topic is Nurse & Midwife Support: supporting the health and wellbeing of nurses and midwives- in the context of child information, child wellbeing and safety. We are very fortunate to have Mark Aitken is a Registered Nurse and the Stakeholder Engagement Manager with Nurse & Midwife Support, the national 24/7 support service for nurses midwives and students present this session. All PHC nurses and health teams welcome and click this link to register!

And please mark your calendars for all sessions:

  • Thursday 28 April
  • Wednesday 25 May
  • Wednesday 29 June
  • Wednesday 27 July
  • Wednesday 31 August
  • Wednesday  5 October

All past sessions and, resources will be found down below under the tab called "Previous Education and Information Session Resources", to which you will receive access to the presentation slides, recording of the webinar, and any other relevant information provided. 

Expression of Interest

Join us to share information and learn about the regulatory changes to improve child safety. You can join us at any time to participate in activities.

Please complete a brief expression of interest application

You will receive:

  • Access to a community of practice (CoP) so that we can learn and share information together
  • Access to APNA Nurse Support and Resources
  • 6 x 30 minute education information sessions (commencing in April)
  • Nurse Talk session (on 21 September 7.30-8.30pm)
  • Access to a Podcast on Child Safety
  • Access to Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) - Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS) information sharing online learning 

Background

The Department of Education and Training has funded projects under the Child Information Sharing Capacity Building Grants Program to build workforce awareness of and confidence in using the Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS) to promote child wellbeing and safety and, where family violence risk to a child is present, the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS), having regard to the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM) introduced in Victoria in 2018.

The Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS) aims to promote better child wellbeing and safety outcomes. It does this by enabling specified government agencies and service providers, known as Information Sharing Entities (ISEs),to share confidential information about children (personal, health or sensitive information), their families or relevant third parties that will:

  • improve early risk identification and intervention;
  • change a risk averse culture in relation to information sharing;
  • increase collaboration and integration between child and family services; and support children's participation in services.

APNA has been funded to undertake the “Improving Child Safety and Wellbeing and Family Violence Outcomes Project” to build awareness of and capacity to understand and use the child information sharing schemes  to improve child wellbeing and safety, and family violence outcomes within the context of the MARAM responsibilities.

The Project will be undertaken in collaboration with Department of Education and Training (DET), Department of Health (DH) support. The Child Information Sharing Capacity Building Grants Program (the Program) provides funding to sector peaks and lead bodies to increase awareness of child information sharing in prescribed workforces (education, health, child and family services, and justice) and to build workforce confidence in using the Child and Family Violence Information Sharing Schemes (the Schemes) to undertake quality, timely and appropriate child information sharing, to promote child wellbeing or safety, and to assess or manage family violence risk to a child.

Information Education Session Resources

Education Session 1

Topic: Introduction to Child Information Sharing and Family Violence Reforms

Date Presented: Thursday 28 April 2022

Summary:

 In Today's session we have Nerida Mason from DET Implementation, Victorian Child Information Sharing Division, Victorian Department of Education and has worked in the Education Sector as a leader and teacher for 20 years. Her career has focused predominantly on the student wellbeing, safety and engagement area, leading multi-disciplinary teams of education and mental health professionals to support students and their families. Nerida joined the Victorian Child Information Division at the beginning of 2020 – her role has involved the development and delivery of training, implementation support and culture change activities for education workforces

Access to Presentation Slides Here

Acess to Recording Here

 

Child information sharing is different from mandatory reporting. New child information sharing schemes commenced in Victoria with general practice, GPs and primary health care (PHC) nurses prescribed under the schemes in 2021. Professional obligations under the scheme are not yet widely understood in the setting, which is why APNA invites you to participate in the Improving Child Safety and Wellbeing and Family Violence Outcomes Project. 

The Child Information Sharing Capacity Building Grants Program (the Program) provides funding to sector peaks and lead bodies to increase awareness of child information sharing in prescribed workforces (education, health, child and family services, and justice) and to build workforce confidence in using the Child and Family Violence Information Sharing Schemes (the Schemes) to undertake quality, timely and appropriate child information sharing, to promote child wellbeing or safety, and to assess or manage family violence risk to a child.

The Program will achieve this by:

  • increasing awareness of child information sharing in prescribed organisations, including their roles, responsibilities, and obligations under the Schemes;
  • supporting ISEs to embed the Schemes in their organisational systems, policies, processes and practice, to meet their legislative obligations;
  • identifying and helping to address workforce gaps and barriers in understanding and implementing the Schemes;
  • building workforce capability and confidence in using the Schemes to undertake quality, timely and appropriate child information sharing to promote child wellbeing and safety (using CISS), and to assess or manage family violence risk to a child.

This work is based on Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme under Part 5A of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008(Vic)(FVISS)and the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework made under Part 11 of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008(Vic)(MARAM)).

  • engaging Aboriginal and diverse and disadvantaged groups to increase understanding of child information sharing and promote cultural safety in using the Schemes;
  • promoting cross-sector collaboration in support of a shared and consistent understanding of the Schemes and roles and responsibilities for child wellbeing and safety across the service system; and
  • building on and adding value to existing information sharing capacity building initiatives and funded activities in prescribed sectors.

No.

Project Element

Activity

1.

Support education engagement

Awareness, promotion and engagement activities are planned. Watch this space.

 

 

A community of practice (CoP) will be developed to promote understanding of child wellbeing and safety, raising awareness of implementation of child information sharing, and improving family violence outcomes.

2.

Education and Resources

Nurse Support (Mon-Fri, 9- 5pm) will be available to build confidence around child information sharing schemes and support for enquiries around responsibilities, implementation, where to go for assistance.

 

 

6 education information sessions will be provided, commencing in April 2022 and held monthly. Dates to be confirmed.  

 

 

Existing expert government resources will be promoted and other resources developed to support knowledge and confidence in using the information sharing scheme.

The DET online learning modules will be promoted.

3.

Communication and Information Promotion

A Podcast is planned to raise awareness of the CISS and provide resources about the importance of child information sharing to improve child safety and wellbeing and improve family violence outcomes.

A Nurse talk event is in planning

 

 

Online information and resources will be available to promote the Project and support improved awareness, understanding and access to the Victorian Government CISS/ FVISS resources including Victorian Government’s website on information sharing and MARAM reforms.

 

 

Watch out for the 2022 Summer edition of the Primary Times for Project information.

About the APNA Improving Child Safety and Wellbeing and Family Violence Outcomes Project

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) is the peak professional body for nurses working in all primary health care clinical settings including general practice, community health, correctional care, schools, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services, and home-based settings.

APNA aims to build workforce confidence in using the Infomration sharing schemes (CISS & FVISS) to undertake quality, timely and appropriate child information sharing, to promote child wellbeing or safety, and to assess or manage family violence risk to a child and contribute towards to following outcomes:

  • Awareness – Information Sharing Entities (ISEs) are aware of their roles, responsibilities, rights, and obligations.
  • Information sharing- ISEs demonstrate quality, timely and appropriate child information sharing.
  • System improvement- Improved service system coordination and collaboration in the interests of child safety.
  • Empowerment and collaboration- A shared understanding and commitment to child wellbeing across services and communities.
  • Decision making- support PHC Nurses to build increased awareness, knowledge and confidence to locate and implement relevant Victorian Government information and online learning to support sharing information safely, appropriately, and effectively, supporting a shift in child information sharing.

Information and resources

Links

Agency/Source

Victorian Government’s website on the information sharing and MARAM reforms

https://www.vic.gov.au/information-sharing-schemes-and-the-maram-framework

Victorian Government

Training for health workforces in the information sharing and MARAM reforms:

https://elearn.childlink.com.au/login/index.php

 

Victorian Government

An introduction to family violence awareness for nurses who work in primary health care

https://www.apna.asn.au/product/detail/f9d727e5-768f-ec11-80e2-005056be66b1

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)

APNA Nurse Support

Call 1300 303 184 (or 03 9322 9598) Email nursesupport@apna.asn.au

Improving Child Safety and Wellbeing and Family Violence Outcomes Project Contact: Jo Millard jo.millard@apna.asn.au p: 1300 303 184          

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)

 

Mandatory reporting- Children youth and families - Who is mandated to report in Victoria?

https://providers.dffh.vic.gov.au/mandatory-reporting

Victorian Government

Mandatory reporting and requirements

https://www.1800respect.org.au/resources-and-tools/reporting-and-protection/mandatory-reporting

1800RESPECT Service Directory

Abuse and violence: working with our patients in general practice, 5th edition (the White Book) https://www.racgp.org.au/clinical-resources/clinical-guidelines/key-racgp-guidelines/view-all-racgp-guidelines/abuse-and-violence/preamble  Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Family Violence
GP Education Program

 

https://www.racgp.org.au/the-racgp/faculties/vic/family-violence-gp-education-program Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect

https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/mandatory-reporting-child-abuse-and-neglect

 

NMBA Your health matters - A 24/7 national support service for nurses & midwives providing access to confidential advice and referral.

Phone 1800 667 877

https://www.nmsupport.org.au/

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Draft National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032

https://engage.dss.gov.au/draft-national-plan-to-end-violence-against-women-and-children-2022-2032/

Australian Government

Safer Families

https://www.saferfamilies.org.au/about-us

University of Melbourne, Murdoch Childrens’ Research Institute, La Trobe University and South Australia Health and Medical Research Institute

Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) Tool Kit - hospital based resources

https://www.thewomens.org.au/health-professionals/clinical-resources/strengthening-hospitals-response-to-family-violence

Victorian Government funded the Royal Women's Hospital (the Women's) and Bendigo Health

Lisa Collison- Program Manager – Nursing in Primary Health Care and Nursing Support lisa.collison@apna.asn.au

Jo Millard – Project Officer: jo.millard@apna.asn.au

Ph 1300 303 184

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