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Educators urged to share information to keep children safe

Wed, 08/03/2022 - 11:17

Victorian educators are being encouraged to share important information about children that improves wellbeing and safety outcomes under a program known as the Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS).

CISS resources and training upskill providers such as education and care services, Child Protection, Youth Justice, Maternal and Child Health and Victoria Police to help them develop a complete view of at-risk children. They are then able to share that information with other approved agencies, making it easier to identify children’s needs earlier and prevent escalation.

Julie Price, Executive Director, Community Child Care Association (CCC) says that the scheme has been designed to help educators engage with children and their families’ unique ecosystems to build a holistic view of individual needs and circumstances.

“Through proactive sharing between approved agencies, services that care for children are enabled to build profiles and coordinate strategies that will ensure better results for children’s wellbeing and safety,” she said.

To help education and care services better understand their obligations and the ways they can implement CISS, a suite of resources has been developed as simple, practical tools including guides, videos, information, e-learning and accredited training.

All have been designed to support educators so that they can respond to and make information sharing requests appropriately and effectively.

Online training is free and provides a certificate of completion to all participants. Backfill remuneration is available for education services for staff to take leave to complete the training.

Education and care employees are required to respond to requests for information under CISS and the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS), in accordance with current legislation.

“The CISS is a vital tool in supporting child wellbeing and safety,” adds Julie. “We urge all Victorian educators to investigate the resources and complete the training so proactive supports can be put in place, all children can enjoy supported participation and approved agencies can work in the true spirit of collaboration with children’s wellbeing and safety as a clear, important joint focus.”

Visit https://cccinc.org.au/CISS to find valuable information and access training. Download resources for your team to help you understand the CISS and your obligations under the scheme and learn how your service can be proactive to promote wellbeing and safety for children in your care.

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