Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

The Common Approach

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The Common Approach is an evidence-based framework designed to support professionals to have quality conversations with young people and their families about all aspects of wellbeing. Underpinned by four key evidence-based practices (holistic, strengths-based, working in partnership and child-centred) the Common Approach helps practitioners to:

  • quickly identify strengths to address clients’ needs
  • think holistically about child and family wellbeing
  • improve family relationships and referral pathways
  • increase the level of support and follow up for vulnerable families
  • increase practitioners’ awareness of their role in preventing abuse and neglect
  • facilitate better wellbeing outcomes for the client.

Why does it matter?

The Common Approach seeks to improve child, youth and family wellbeing outcomes through early intervention and prevention. It is underpinned by the core principle of ‘protecting children is everyone’s business’ and is based on the Protecting Children is Everyone’s Business: National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020.

How is ARACY involved?

The Common Approach was developed by ARACY in 2010 in response to the need for more proactive, preventative approaches in the children and youth sector, established in the 2009 ARACY report, Inverting the Pyramid: Enhancing Systems for Protecting Children. It was initially funded by the Australian Government under the National Framework for protecting Australia’s children. It is part of the effort of all levels of government in Australia to improve the wellbeing of children, young people and families by strengthening the capacity of the service system to intervene early to keep children safe and well.

What is the Common Approach’s relationship to The Nest?

The Nest is made up of six outcome areas to focus the efforts of diverse sectors on ‘what’s important’ to improve child and youth wellbeing in Australia. The outcome areas are ‘Loved and safe’, ‘Material basics’, ‘Healthy’, ‘Learning’, ‘Participating’, and ‘Positive sense of culture and identity’.

ARACY’s the Common Approach helps professionals have a holistic, strengths-based, collaborative conversation about the child or young person’s wellbeing that relate to all outcome areas of The Nest.

The Common Approach’s focus on improving child and youth wellbeing contributes to the national goal articulated in The Nest that Australia will rank within the top 5 OECD countries for educational performance by 2025.

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