The Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) Framework and information sharing schemes ensure that services effectively address family violence and promote child wellbeing and safety.
Health workers are in a unique position to identify and respond to family violence and promote child wellbeing and safety. The involvement of health workers is particularly important in and after emergencies, when family violence tends to increase, escalate and change.
The Victorian government has introduced laws to make it easier for services to share information to keep families and communities safe. They are the:
- Child Information Sharing Scheme
- Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme.
The Schemes are being implemented with the Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM).
Information Sharing Schemes
Child Information Sharing Scheme
Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme
The Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS) allows authorised organisations to share information to assess or manage family violence risk to children and adults. Find more information on the page.
Child Safe Standards
The Department of Health oversees and promotes compliance with the Child Safe Standards. These standards are in line with the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005. They apply to all Victorian department funded or regulated organisations. Find more information on .
Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM)
MARAM sets out the responsibilities of different workforces in identifying, assessing and managing family violence risk across the family violence and broader service system.
Workforces authorised to share information
The health workforces who are authorised to share information are:
- Ambulance Victoria
- bush nursing centres
- state-funded aged care services
- health services (including hospitals)
- alcohol and other drug services
- mental health services (community-managed and designated services)
- early parenting centres
- Maternal and Child Health services
- community health services
- general practitioners and general practitioner nurses
Schools, childcare centres, police and courts are also authorised to share information under the schemes.
This course is available for health workforces to assist their understanding of the Child and Family Violence Information Sharing Schemes and how they relate to their everyday work.
The three modules cover the topics of Essentials for health and community services professionals, Purposes and requirements, and Consent and privacy and take approximately 20 minutes each to complete
This training is suitable for organisational leaders and senior managers across all organisations prescribed under MARAM. The training promotes an understanding of the MARAM Framework including key strategies and requirements such as practice, policies and procedures necessary to align with MARAM.
This training is for practitioners with a Screening and Identification role under MARAM. This course is tailored to Department of Health workforces and funded organisations including community health services, bush nursing centres, Early Parenting Centres, Ambulance Victoria, Maternal and Child Health services and other health services. The course is designed to provide practitioners with a shared understanding of family violence and help practitioners confidently identify and respond to family violence risks and collaborate with specialist services. The course has three modules. Each module runs for approximately 30 minutes.
This course is tailored to Department of Health workforces including mental health services, Alcohol and Other Drugs services, and other practitioners at the Brief and Intermediate level in health services including Community Health services. The package consists of three modules. Each module runs for approximately 30 minutes. They cover: a shared understanding of family violence, an introduction to MARAM and the assessment tools, the Structured Professional Judgement model, risk assessment, risk management including working with specialist family violence services and safety planning.
A stand-alone Family Violence Foundation eLearn module has been developed for practitioners who may have limited family violence knowledge, or they might be new to working with people who have experienced family violence. This module covers understanding and recognising family violence, using an intersectional lens and your role in responding to family violence. The module is 30 minutes.
Reviewed 04 September 2023