Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

A unique approach

What makes The Common Approach unique?

The Common Approach helps practitioners to take a holistic view of wellbeing and discuss a range of wellbeing issues, some of which may be outside the practitioner’s immediate area of expertise. It helps practitioners to recognise and respond early to indicators of need across all wellbeing domains including:

  • physical health;
  • mental and emotional health;
  • safety;
  • material basics;
  • learning; and
  • relationships.

The Common Approach employs a common language for practitioners from various disciplines helping them to stay focused on the needs of the child, the strengths of the family and the importance of working in partnership with the family and in collaboration with other service providers. It is suitable for practitioners with different levels of expertise and experience and it facilitates client-led conversations that empower the young person to identify their strengths and needs.

Key practices

The Common Approach consists of four evidence-based key practices:

  1. Holistic – A holistic understanding of the strengths and needs of children and their families, grounded in the ecological model of child development.
  2. Strengths-based – A strengths-based approach that focuses on building the strengths of families to help explore areas of need.
  3. Working in partnership – A model of working in partnership in which practitioners work collaboratively with the child, young person, family and any other professionals involved to empower and build the capacity of families.
  4. Child-centered – A primary focus on the wellbeing of young people, considering all aspects from the young person’s perspective.

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