Who we work with

Whether you are a parent, carer or professional, the Thrive Approach can show you what to do, and how to be, with young people.

The Thrive Approach together with Thrive-Online helps you give children and young people the tools to make the most of life’s opportunities.

Find a Thrive setting

Teachers and schools

There are many ways in which The Thrive Approach can be helpful to you in your role as an educator. The Thrive Approach, underpinned by the Thrive-Online program can help you look at the behaviour of the children in your care and get a better understanding of what is happening in their world.


Do you want the children in your classes to thrive?

  • Are you keen to find some effective ways to support the learning of some of your less engaged pupils?
  • Are you confused or confounded or concerned about some of your pupils’ behaviour?
  • Do you want to know how to be with your more vulnerable or challenging children?


Do you want to find some tried and tested ways to:

  • improve attitudes to learning?
  • increase attendance?
  • produce the evidence of progress in their emotional and social skills?
  • reduce your own stress?

Alternative provision

Do you want the children and young people who have been excluded from all other forms of education to have a chance to thrive?

  • Do the children and young people have extreme angry outbursts and use the same coping strategies that have failed them before?
  • Do you want to give them the chance to succeed?
I believe that every adult working with children should use Thrive as part of their training or induction and hope that one day it will be part of every teacher's training and teaching assistant's induction.

Parents and carers

The Thrive Approach can help you to look at your child’s behaviour and get more understanding of what is happening for them in their world.

  • Do you want to know how to better support your child to thrive?
  • Are you interested to know how your child’s emotional and social skills are developing? Does your child’s behaviour puzzle you?
  • Are you keen to know what the age-appropriate emotional skills might be for your child?
  • Are you concerned about some aspect of your child’s growing up?
  • Would you like some ideas about things to do with your child that would be helpful to her/his brain development?

Thrive-Online can help

You could answer some simple questions and check how your child or children are developing in terms of their social skills. You can get some simple practical suggestions about what to do with them to build resilience. You can help them to concentrate, get interested, make friends, stay with an activity… the list is almost endless. Most of all you can get some more ideas of how to have fun and really enjoy being together.


Adoptive and Foster Parents

Being a parent is a challenging occupation at the best of times but being the parent or carer of a child that has experienced trauma and loss can, at times, feel like an impossible task. Your child’s early experiences, which are likely to involve loss or trauma, will have a profound impact on the development of their social and emotional needs. These early unmet developmental needs impact on the child’s ability to manage their emotions.

In the very early months and years of a child’s life they need to experience the feeling of safety, being special and having their needs met. This enables them to develop an effective stress management system that equips them to be resilient and manage life stresses.

The Thrive Approach uses findings from neuroscience to help understand the impact early experiences have on the development of the brain. The Approach explores the importance of relationships and will enable you to develop strategies to meet these early unmet needs in an age appropriate way. You will be introduced to the Thrive-Online program which will enable you to carry out an assessment of your child’s emotional well-being and then create an action plan to support them.



Social workers

  • Do you want the children and young people that you support to thrive?
  • Are you keen to have a way to identify as early as possible those children who are vulnerable or at risk?
  • Would you like easy access to dozens of simple, practical suggestions about what adults can do to improve children’s life chances?
  • Would you be interested to focus your assessments of children onto their needs to make sure the provision is targeted more closely to meet them?


Instead of judging parents, Thrive-Online, the web-based assessment tool, gives you a tried and tested way of identifying a child’s developmental needs. This is done through observing and inputting the child’s behaviours or by reviewing their current emotional and social skills. Thrive-Online gives a clear indication as to which developmental phase needs more attention. You can then select from dozens of differentiated strategies to make a simple set of actions for the family and/or any support workers to follow. You can change and update the plan as the child makes progress and the situation improves and as long as you have parental permission you can share the reports with others who are working with the child.

I am hooked on Thrive techniques and have had the opportunity to see the benefits to children and their families. I wish I could have supported past children with some of the learnt strategies.

Health professionals

  • Do you want the children and young people that you support to thrive?
  • Are you keen to contribute to more young people having more robust stress management systems and so be less at risk of mental illness?
  • Do you want to work collaboratively with staff in schools and other support services to offer effective advice and practical suggestions to those who support vulnerable or challenging children?

Whether you are a GP, Mental Health Worker, an Educational Psychologist, a CAMHS worker, a counsellor or a child psychotherapist you will find the Thrive-Online assessment tool helpful in identifying a young person’s emotional learning needs. Children may present with conditions that are related to anxiety, grief or behaviour concerns. Experience shows us that many children who are waiting for psychiatric assessment or are being given medication find the Thrive Approach very beneficial.