The Thrive Approach is underpinned by attachment theory to help understand what a child or young person’s behaviour is communicating.
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Attachment theories focus on the deep emotional bond that connects one individual to another across time and space.
The Thrive Approach uses evidence from attachment theory research to highlight the importance of building trusting relationships between adults and children/young people that can evolve as the child develops in a way that supports the child’s optimal social and emotional development.
The nature of this relationship directly influences how the child/young person develops throughout the course of their lifetime, both physically and mentally. As such, this relationship will affect the child/young person’s capacity to make friends, to explore the world around them and to engage with learning.
Thrive uses attachment theory to help us understand a child/young person’s behaviour and what this tells us about their social and emotional development. By understanding what a child/young person’s behaviour is communicating about their unmet social and emotional needs, those working with the child/young person are then in a position to make a positive difference to their life. However, if adults don’t recognise what is behind a child/young person’s behaviour, they will find it difficult to meet the child/young person’s needs. The result for the child/young person can be social disengagement, underachievement in education, exclusion and potential issues in adult life.
The Thrive Approach draws on attachment theory to explore how healthy attachment relationships can be formed and how these can be used to achieve better outcomes for children and young people. Research tells us that our brains prioritise attachment security over exploration, suggesting that a safe relationship is necessary before a child or young person will be ready to engage with learning.
The Thrive Approach helps adults to develop empathy and compassion for those in their care, including through understanding the potential origins of their behaviour. As an attachment-aware approach, Thrive shows how behaviour can be positively improved, while giving children and young people a sense of security and enabling them to build emotional resilience. Ultimately, this can lead to children and young people leading fuller, healthier lives and developing the capacity to thrive.