How the Continuum of Need works

1. The Continuum of Need

The Continuum of Need is a visual tool used by practitioners and volunteers working with children and families in East Sussex.

Using the 4 Levels means that services who work with children share a common language to describe needs and risks.

Using the Continuum

  • The Continuum of Need cannot replace professional judgement or decision making, and should not be used as a checklist or an assessment of need.
  • Families will not keep a fixed position on the Continuum of Need, it will change as their situation changes.
  • The practitioner should consider which needs take priority when identifying the appropriate level.
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