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Facilitate the roll-out of the Risk Assessment and Management Panels

Recommendation 004 - Implemented

The Victorian Government facilitate the roll-out of the Risk Assessment and Management Panels, or RAMPs, as a priority, ensuring that this includes:

  • adequate resourcing and support—case management and links to long-term support
  • standardised referral guidance, to be used by all agencies, that is aligned to the revised Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework to identify high-risk cases for referral to RAMPs
  • organisational and practice guidelines for effective RAMP operation, supported by a targeted workforce development and training program
  • processes for supporting oversight by Regional Family Violence Integration Committees
  • implementation oversight by the Cabinet Family Violence Sub-committee and the Victorian Secretaries Board Family Violence Sub-committee.

What we are doing

Following two successful pilots, 18 Risk Assessment and Management Panels (RAMPs) were rolled out across the state from June 2016. RAMPs are formally convened monthly meetings, held at local levels between representatives from key agencies and organisations that contribute to the safety of women and children experiencing serious and imminent threat from family violence. By working together, they can better facilitate the safety of family violence victim survivors, and focus on men who pose a serious and imminent threat, to prevent them from perpetrating harm and to hold them accountable for their actions. RAMPs provide a response to women and their children at critical levels of risk, who require a comprehensive, multi-agency risk assessment and management action plan.

The RAMPs are co-chaired by Victoria Police and specialist family violence services. Other core members comprise:

  • Corrections Victoria
  • Child FIRST
  • Department of Health and Human Services Child Protection
  • Department of Health and Human Services Housing
  • Mental Health Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Men's Family Violence Services.

RAMPs are also attended by associate members that may have particular knowledge of the situation, including referring agencies. Associate members attend a RAMP on an 'as needed' basis to inform risk assessment and management action planning to keep  women and children safe.

A web-based information sharing and record management application, the RAMP Information Sharing System (RISS), has been developed to support the RAMPs program and facilitate meetings by enabling RAMP coordinators and members to:

  • process referrals
  • see history of RAMP involvement for perpetrators, affected family members and their children
  • conduct live multi-agency risk assessments and assign risk management actions during meetings
  • provide updates to track impact between meetings.

Following the rollout of the RAMPs, work has continued to embed the new operational practice, provide continued workforce development and address system barriers so that the RAMPs can operate as effectively as possible. An Information Usage Arrangement issued by the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection, is in place to enable the RAMPs to share the information required to make appropriate decisions for risk assessment and management. This is supporting the operation of RAMPs prior to broader information sharing legislative reform being implemented, as recommended by the Royal Commission into Family Violence (Recommendation 5).

In June 2017, Parliament passed legislation introduced by the Victorian Government to create a specific family violence information sharing regime. The implementation of new information sharing arrangements will support the continued operation of the RAMP model and create a more permissive information sharing environment.

Comprehensive RAMP training sessions are delivered by the Statewide RAMP  Coordinator (through the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria), This training, along with detailed operational guidelines, ensures that RAMP members are well placed to contribute to the RAMP process and understand the model and their own roles and responsibilities.

The RAMP Information Sharing System (RISS) has been rolled out across the state, to support better information sharing and promotes the consistent delivery of the RAMP program.

The operation of RAMPs will be reviewed after the delivery of other key initiatives (such as the redeveloped Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework, the new information sharing regime and the Support and Safety Hubs) to ensure there is consistency across these operations.

In relation to governance, the Victorian Secretaries' Board Sub-Committee on Family Violence Reform will provide oversight of the RAMPs program and be updated on a bi-annual basis, or more often as required.

Where we are up to

As the above actions are complete this recommendation is implemented.

Timeframe

Implemented.

Who is leading the change

Department of Health and Human Services

Family Safety Victoria