The Inter-jurisdictional Child Protection Information Sharing Project
The Inter-jurisdictional Child Protection Information Sharing working group was established in April 2016 under Strategy 3 of the Third Action Plan to implement the Inter-jurisdictional Child Protection Information Sharing Project (Information Sharing Project) which falls under Action 3.2.1; Share jurisdictional approaches to develop a best practice model of information exchange. The project will also build on the current initiatives between jurisdictions and will take into consideration any recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) relating to the improvement of information sharing on a range of child protection matters (recommendations 8.6, 8.7, 8.8 and 8.22). This project is led by New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services (NSW FACS), to investigate the legislative, policy and organisation cultural barriers to the sharing of child protection related information across jurisdictions. Potential solutions to these barriers and opportunities to promote information sharing are to be identified. Key focus points will be any legislative, policy or organisational culture changes required. Information sharing with the non-government sector is also to be investigated.
There are three stages to the Information Sharing Project:
- Stage One considered legislative barriers to information sharing and is completed.
- Stage Two considered policy, cultural and practice barriers to inter-jurisdictional child protection information sharing and the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) was engaged to provide a report which was completed 7 February 2018.
- Stage Three is yet to commence and will look at information sharing with the non-government sector.