Supporting families with complex needs often requires funding and delivery arrangements that differ from standard social services. A continuum of interventions, including individual, targeted approaches alongside universal approaches, is required to bring about significant change at the population level.
This In Focus provides an overview of approaches to support families with complex needs across the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. We discuss how complex needs are defined and briefly review some of the approaches adopted to meet the needs of vulnerable families across the three jurisdictions. Evidence on the effectiveness of approaches is presented and wider implications are discussed.