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Responding to complex needs

Updated: 21 June 2017

What's Important To Us

Working with children and young people who have complex needs requires a multi-disciplinary approach; no one agency can meet these needs satisfactorily or safely on their own. Taking this approach will ensure these children and young people are receiving the right response from the right people within the best possible timeframe.

There is no ‘quick fix’ option when it comes to working with children and young people who have complex needs. These needs will likely have built up over months and even years, and will not be easily resolved. Working with, and responding to, children and young people with complex needs requires good planning, widespread consultation, and a willingness to think creatively about how the needs can best be met within the child or young person’s own community.

How to respond to complex needs.