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CISS shows you care

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 11:00

Investment in the Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS) by the Victorian Government is supporting education and care services in their vital frontline work to help ensure every child’s wellbeing and safety.

CISS enables information sharing between authorised organisations, many of whom already work together to request or record information.

The Scheme has recently expanded legal permissions for early childhood education and care professionals to share information with others. This ensures that people working with children can gain a complete view of the children they work with, making it easier to identify wellbeing or safety needs earlier, and to act on them sooner preventing escalation.

Julie Price, Executive Director, Community Child Care Association (CCC) says that CISS resources will help those in our sector to understand the purpose of the Scheme, and how to best use it.

“When it comes to identifying at-risk children, educators can face challenges when key information is missing or not shared. When education professionals proactively share with other services, we can all contribute to building profiles and developing collaborative strategies to ensure great results for children,” said Julie.

“CISS is a program that will proactively promote wellbeing and safety for children in their care and we congratulate the Victorian Government for developing this very important initiative.

“We are now urging all Victorian educators to explore CISS resources and complete the training to ensure that their service is ready to implement information sharing that helps to keep children safe.”

Educators are encouraged to visit our CISS page to find valuable information and the required training, expertly developed to be practical and simple to use in education and care settings. The training is accredited and backfill remuneration is available for organisations to cover staff who participate.

For more information or an interview with Julie Price, contact Breanna Worthington, Communications and Marketing Manager, Community Child Care Association Inc at bworthington@cccinc.org.au.