The Common Approach

The Common Approach is a prevention-focused and flexible way of working to help everyone have quality conversations with young people and their families about all aspects of their wellbeing. These aspects fall into six wellbeing areas: Loved and Safe, Healthy, Participating, Positive Sense of Culture and Identity, Material Basics, and Learning.

It encourages those working with children, young people and families to work in partnership with them, focus on strengths, place the child at the centre of the conversation, and consider all aspects of a family’s circumstances.

In 2017, ARACY updated the Common Approach to The Common Approach 2.0

How can I adopt The Common Approach?

Training from ARACY is required to adopt The Common Approach and to access The Common Approach Resources.

The Common Approach training is supported by a range of high quality professional resources.

For further information, please contact ARACY via email commonapproach@aracy.org.au

Background

Common Approach to Assessment, Referral and Support

The Common Approach to Assessment, Referral and Support (Common Approach) was originally developed by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), with support from the Australian Government under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children.

The Common Approach to Assessment, Referral and Support Taskforce made a significant contribution to the development of the approach. The Taskforce included expert representatives from a range of professions working with children and youth, as well as representatives from the Australian federal, state and territory governments.

Providers are encouraged to use the Common Approach in service design to accurately reflect the intent and focus of the service and provide information on progress and outcomes. Using the Common Approach can facilitate holistic and creative practice and encourage consistent language.

The Common Approach Wheel is not prescriptive. It is a conversation tool, not an assessment, screening or outcomes tool. The Wheel can be used in combination with tools and resources already in use. The Wheel can also be implemented across agencies to encourage consistent language across different programs.

The Common Approach Wheel is designed to assist practitioners to work with children, young people and their families to identify their needs across the following six life domains:

  1. Physical health
  2. Mental health and emotional wellbeing
  3. Relationships - including social networks and relationships, and family relationships and functioning
  4. Material wellbeing - including housing and self-care and living skills
  5. Learning and development - including school attendance/learning and sport/recreational activities
  6. Safety - including child and family safety.

The Common Approach to Assessment, Referral and Support is designed to assist practitioners to work with children, young people and their families to identify their needs. Further information is following:

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