Research behind Thrive

The Thrive approach is a dynamic, development and trauma-sensitive approach to meeting the emotional and social needs of children and young people.  It is proven to improve attendance, behaviour and learning outcomes.

Learn more about the research and theory behind Thrive below. 



The 4 pillars informing the Thrive Approach

Thrive has been developed over the past 25 years, with its architects drawing from a wealth of research and experience in social work, psychotherapy and education.
Combining their collective knowledge and experience, our founders developed a social and emotional development model that looked at children and young people's needs and provided responses and activities to engage them with life and learning.
Click on the pillars below to learn more about the research and theory behind Thrive.


What is a child or young person's behaviour communicating?

Attachment Theory


How do we optimise a child or young person's social and emotional development?

Child Development Theory


What can we learn from scientific developments in neuroscience?



How can we build healthy, safe and supportive relationships with children and young people?

Play, creativity and the arts

The Thrive Approach


Explore the impact of Thrive

While it is important to understand the model behind the Thrive Approach, it is also important to understand the impact that it has in practice for the healthy social and emotional development of children and young people.  You can learn more about the impact of Thrive through a growing range of case studies, impact reports and podcasts by clicking here.