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Develop a workforce development and training strategy to support the Common Risk Assessment Framework

Recommendation 003 - Implemented

The Victorian Government implement the revised Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework and develop a sustained workforce development and training strategy as part of the recommended family violence industry plan. The framework should provide for:

  • minimum standards and core competencies to guide identifying, risk assessment and risk management practice in family violence specialist services, mainstream services and universal services
  • whole-of-workforce training for priority sectors—including general practitioners and hospital, mental health, drug and alcohol, child protection, aged care and disability workers—that takes into account and aligns with their roles and standards of practice.

What we are doing

Work is underway to develop a workforce development strategy and embed the MARAM across the service system. This will include an assessment of each affected sector's capacity to utilise the redeveloped Framework, which will contribute to a comprehensive workforce development strategy.

The workforce development strategy is a core component of the 10-Year Industry Plan, as outlined in Recommendation 207. The MARAM will include operational practice guidance for all key sectors, including minimum standards, core competencies, and roles and responsibilities for identifying, assessing and managing the risk of family violence (including in multi-agency arrangements across the spectrum of risk.

Where we are up to

In recognition that identification, assessment and management of family violence risk are foundational elements of a strong family violence system, government committed significant investment of $30 million over 2 years towards implementing the Framework, as part of the 2017–18 State Budget. Alongside funding for change management initiatives and the development of online risk assessment tools, this investment included a comprehensive training package.

The 10 Year Family Violence Industry Plan, developed in collaboration with key stakeholders in the Industry Taskforce, was released in December 2017. The Plan included an assessment of the workforce development impacts of the redeveloped Framework. The new Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) Framework will commence for the first group of prescribed services from September 2018.

A coordinated plan has been developed to deliver general and tailored training and supports for services being prescribed under the Framework and Family Violence and Child Information Sharing Schemes. By August 2018, over 1,100 professionals had been trained in the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS), which commenced for a select group of services in February 2018.

In anticipation of the commencement of the MARAM Framework and the Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS), and the next phase of the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS), additional training is being developed that builds on the existing FVISS training and integrates the CISS and foundational elements of the MARAM Framework. Modular training sessions will commence in line with the reform commencement, with additional modules expected to be released progressively following commencement.

The government is also examining options for accreditation of training in family violence risk assessment and risk management. A key feature of the MARAM Framework is a maturity approach to alignment, recognising the different starting points of different sectors and the differing expectations imposed by the Framework in relation to family violence risk. This means that organisations will be expected to continuously improve their alignment over time, rather than being expected to be fully aligned from commencement.

Family Safety Victoria will continue to lead work with departments to assess the likely scale of the workforce development.



Who is leading the change

Family Safety Victoria