The importance of our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing has become more widely accepted. As such there are many different initiatives and interventions available.
Below is a short overview of those that are sometimes confused with the Thrive Approach, explaining how each is different and where, if applicable, they can complement Thrive.
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust’s THRIVE Framework for system change and National i-THRIVE Programme:
The THRIVE Framework for system change (Wolpert et al., 2019) is an integrated, person-centred and needs-led approach to delivering mental health services for children, young people and their families. The Framework was developed by a collaboration of authors from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. It conceptualises need in five categories; Thriving, Getting Advice and Signposting, Getting Help, Getting More Help and Getting Risk Support. Emphasis is placed on prevention and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing across the whole population. Children, young people and their families are empowered through active involvement in decisions about their care through shared decision-making, which is fundamental to this approach.
The National i-THRIVE Programme aims to improve children and young people’s mental health outcomes. This is achieved by supporting localities across the country to implement the THRIVE Framework (as above) using an evidence-based approach to implementation. i-THRIVE was selected as an NHS Innovation Accelerator in 2016 and is now endorsed in the NHS Long Term Plan.
The Thrive Approach® is one of the wellbeing interventions that localities implementing the THRIVE Framework for system change could adopt to support optimal social and emotional development of children and young people, so reducing the need for more specialist interventions.