Give feedback on family violence information sharing

The Ministry of Justice is asking for feedback from parctitioners in the family and sexual violence sectors on draft guidance about information sharing. The guidance seeks to clarify and simplify the rules around information sharing.

The guidance discusses legal requirements and best practice, to provide practitioners with certainty about what the law says. It will be accompanied by tools for the sector, such as templates. Submissions close on 5 September. The guidance will be finalised and published to coincide with the entry-into-force of the new law.

Background

The Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill provides greater clarity about requirements for family violence information sharing. The changes will support agencies to develop more integrated, seamless responses to people affected by family and sexual violence. To give effect to these provisions, the Ministry of Justice has developed guidance for practitioners in ‘family violence agencies and social service practitioners’* as described in the Bill. The guidance reflects feedback received during consultations on Family Violence Law Reform and in submissions on the Bill.

For the purposes of the Bill, ‘family violence agencies and social services practitioners’ include any non-governmental organisation that is funded by government to perform functions or provide services to protect, or otherwise help, victims of family violence; or help people to stop inflicting family violence. They also include: ACC, Corrections, Education, Health, Housing NZ, Immigration NZ, Justice, Police, Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry of Social Development, district health boards, social housing providers, early childhood educators, schools, social workers, and GPs. 

If you have any questions or feedback, please email FVInformationsharing@justice.govt.nz