DV Vic wrote a joint submission on Child Information Sharing Scheme Ministerial Guidelines with Victoria Legal Aid, Djirra, Women’s Legal Service Victoria, Federation of Community Legal Centres and No to Violence.
The submission said the Guidelines will play an important role in supporting the application and implementation of the Child Information Sharing Scheme (CIS Scheme). It sets out what is important in an information sharing regime to encourage help-seeking behaviour and individual and community empowerment to make decisions that keep children safe.
The submission also highlighted that practitioners are more likely to share information appropriately when they understand their professional responsibilities and are informed of the risks of sharing information. It suggests ways of providing greater instruction to Information Sharing Entities (ISEs) and practitioners, taking into account the possible risks associated with sharing information and the need for appropriate safeguards.