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Supporting families with complex needs: Findings from LARC4

This report also offers new evidence from more than 30 case studies, showing that even for children and families with much more complex needs, including those on the edge of care, it is still possible to achieve significant improvements in outcomes in a very cost-effective way by intervening appropriately once the families‟ needs have come to the attention of practitioners. So, while the CAF process was introduced initially for those children whose needs just exceeded what could be met through universal services, we now see the process helping to achieve successful outcomes in the context of much greater levels of need and for whole families as well as individual children and young people. Early intervention may rarely be too late.

All the families included in the research had a range of complex needs which meant they were on the cusp of requiring social care support. Their presenting issues included behavioural difficulties; poor educational attainment/attendance; parents struggling to cope; emotional health issues (parent and/or child); autism (or equivalent) and/or physical health issues.