Training & events
Training & events
In this section of The Lookout, you can find training and events for and from the Victorian family violence sector.
The Multi Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM)
The Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF) has been redeveloped into the Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM) to address the issues identified by the Royal Commission into Family Violence. There are five MARAM training modules targeted to each tier of prescribed organisations. Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria delivers MARAM Leading Alignment for senior leaders and Comprehensive Renewing Practice training for specialist workforces.
Registrations for MARAM Leading Alignment and Comprehensive Renewing Practice is available on the DVRCV website.
Mandatory minimum qualifications for specialist family violence practitioners
From July 2021, a mandatory minimum qualifications policy applies for new specialist family violence practitioners in Victoria. Prompted by Recommendation 209 of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, this policy aims to strengthen the sector and equip Victoria’s specialist family violence practitioners to provide support and responses that are consistently high quality and culturally appropriate.
To recognise the scale of change this policy entails, the Victorian government has outlined a five-year transition period starting July 2021. This transition period will give people starting their careers as practitioners a number of options for meeting the new mandatory minimum qualification requirements.
Practitioners who are part of the existing workforce will have an ongoing exemption to the policy, which will allow them to change jobs, take caring or other breaks of up to four years.
Cultural knowledge or lived experience
The policy also recognises the importance of people who bring cultural expertise or lived experience in building a diverse family violence workforce. Hence, candidates with lived experience and cultural knowledge who have faced barriers to education will be given 10 years to work towards the minimum or equivalent qualification, subject to agreement with their employer. This will make sure that candidates who bring such a depth of expertise crucial to create an inclusive system can overcome those barriers and continue to have the opportunity to work in the sector.
Support for employers
Employers will be supported to transition with a range of resources and information forums.
In recruiting new workers who are required to meet the mandatory requirements, the policy provides organisations with the flexibility to accommodate the circumstances of individual practitioners.
More information about the requirements and employment pathways.
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