The Victorian government is progressing three interrelated reforms that are integral to reducing family violence and promoting child wellbeing and safety:
- The Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) Framework provides guidance to organisations prescribed under regulations, that have responsibilities in assessing and managing family violence risk. The MARAM Framework is considered best practice for anyone responding to family violence in Victoria.
- The Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme supports effective assessment and management of family violence risk. It enables risk relevant information to be collected, used and shared between authorised workforces.
- The Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS) allows authorised organisations and professionals who work with children, young people and their families to share information with each other to promote children’s wellbeing and safety.
Video: Helping End Family Violence – the Information Sharing Schemes and MARAM highlights the reasons behind and the benefits of the reforms.
NIFVS Webinar: Lessons Learned – MARAM and Information Sharing (May 2021): Unpacks the implementation of the MARAM and Information Sharing Schemes in the northern metropolitan region.
MARAM Foundational Knowledge Guide: Explains key elements of MARAM including pillars and responsibilities.
Responding to Family Violence Capability Framework: Describes workforce tiers on p.14.
Decision Guide for MARAM Responsibilities: Outlines the relationship between tiers, roles and MARAM responsibilities.
MARAM Victim Survivor Practice Guides: Supports professionals to understand their relevant MARAM responsibilities including the identification, assessment and ongoing management of family violence risk.
Perpetrator focused tools and practice guidance will be available in 2021.
Understanding the Responsibilities for Organisational Leaders – MARAM framework: Guide to assist leaders determine which responsibilities apply to the organisation.
MARAM Framework: Summary for organisational leaders.
Embedding Tools: Considerations when incorporating screening, risk assessment and risk management tools.
Policies and Procedures: Examples to help support a MARAM aligned response.
External Partnerships: Guidance for organisational leaders regarding effective coordination between services.
Information Sharing Resources
Find guidelines and resources regarding the Family Violence and the Child Information Sharing Schemes.
Visit the PROTECT website for school resources to identify and respond to child wellbeing and safety needs.
See the Child and Family Violence Information Sharing Schemes Policy page for government schools on implementing the reforms, how to request and share information and on complaints handling under the Information Sharing Schemes.
Preliminary Training: For practitioners new to family violence work
Family Violence Foundations is a 6–8-hour self-paced course, which provides a common starting point for professionals seeking to develop necessary skills to undertake a family violence response role. (DVRCV)
MARAM Risk Identification and Screening Training
For professionals who may be identifying family violence. This training will be available as an e-learning package in 2021.
MARAM Brief and Intermediate Training
Available for ChildFIRST, family services, AOD, homelessness and designated mental health workforces. It is aimed at professionals whose purpose of intervention is linked to family violence but not directly focused. (Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare)
This training will be available for other workforces as an e-learning package in 2021.
MARAM Comprehensive Family Violence Risk Assessment and Management
MARAM Comprehensive Family Violence Specialist -Renewing Practice from CRAF to MARAM (one-day training) is for family violence specialists who have extensive experience, and who have previously completed specialist CRAF training. (DVRCV)
MARAM Comprehensive Risk Assessment and Management Module (two-day training) is for family violence specialists who are new or who have not previously completed specialist CRAF training. (DVRCV)
MARAM Leading Alignment
MARAM Leading Alignment training is suitable for organisational managers and leaders who have a role in supporting organisational alignment to MARAM, including alignment of practice, policies and procedures. (DVRCV)
MARAM Collaborative Practice training is suitable for all professionals and focuses on collaborative practice and the foundational aspects of MARAM. It will enable practitioners to contribute to risk assessment and collaborate for ongoing risk assessment and management. (NIFVS)
Information Sharing Training
View the Information Sharing e-learning Modules Overview to work out which training to attend.
Online training in the information sharing schemes is now available for practitioners and organisational leaders.
FAQs & Further Support
Contact the Information Sharing and MARAM Enquiry Line for practice and policy guidance.
Ph: 1800 549 646 (10am-2pm, Mon-Fri) or E: CISandFVIS@education.vic.gov.au.