How the Continuum of Need works


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1. The Continuum of Need

This is a visual tool for services working with children and families. It provides a common language to describe needs and risks.

Using the Continuum

  • The Continuum of Need cannot replace professional judgement. It is not a checklist or an assessment of need.
  • A family’s position on the Continuum changes as their situation changes.
  • Consider which needs take priority when identifying the proper level.

Continuum of Need poster

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