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UNDERLYING NEEDS Identifying and addressing the underlying needs of children and families is fundamental to our practice. Underlying needs are what drive the behaviors that often worry or challenge us. In many cases challenging behaviors are the symptoms of unmet needs. In order to be effective case plans must be individualized and directly address the needs of a child and family not just the behaviors. 12 WHEN CONFRONTED WITH A CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR ASK YOURSELF WHAT UNDERLYING NEED MIGHT BE AT WORK HERE Needs often revolve around SAFETY children need to feel emotionally and physically safe WELL-BEING children may need to talk about their fears or losses and PERMANENCY children need to know where they will grow up and need to have a family and community they can call home.