The Thrive Approach

All towns in Greater Manchester are transforming their approach to Children and Young People's Emotional wellbeing and mental health. All agencies are working towards aligning with the Thrive Model. 


    Thrive Model


The THRIVE conceptual framework was developed as a collaboration between the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.  

The THRIVE Framework

  • The THRIVE framework is an approach to supporting all children and young people’s emotional wellbeing. We know that the influences on a child mental health are many and varied, and each and every individual in a community has a role to play in helping young people to stay emotionally healthy.
  • Thrive 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.
  • Children, young people and their families are empowered through active involvement in decisions about their care through shared decision making, which is fundamental to the approach.
  • The aim is for a child or young person or their families to be informed about what support structures are available to them. The options they have, and to be able to understand what they can do to help themselves manage/maintain their emotional wellbeing.

Principles of the THRIVE Framework

  • Common language – it provides a shared language which everyone can understand.
  • Needs led - The model allows children, young people and their families to be supported based on their needs, regardless of diagnosis.
  • Shared Decision Making - Is at the heart of Thrive. We acknowledge Children, young people and their families are experts in understanding their needs.
  • Proactive prevention and promotion of mental heal – is everyone’s business and this framework enable us all to come together to ensure that this happens in every service (whether that is LA, Health, Education, VCSE, Police etc.) and every community.
  • Partnership working – working together to support and improve mental health is vital as said before we all have a role to play!
  • Outcome informed – shared understanding of what we are trying to achieve and understanding early if it is not working.
  • Reducing stigma – we cannot emphasise enough that mental health is everyone’s business and we need to reduce the stigma which surrounds mental health.
  • Accessibility – Support for emotional wellbeing and mental health needs to be easily accessible to children and young people and their families, and people who work with children and young people.

All our service and pathway developments will follow these principles.


Thrive Needs Groups

Thrive Needs Groups

A child or young person is in one of the five needs groups at any given time. The vast majority of children and young people are thriving, however, from time to time, they may find themselves in any one of the other groups. 

For more information regarding the Thrive Needs Groups; click here.


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Thrive Partners

All services work in partnership in each of the local areas, to work within the I-Thrive model.

Links to GM I-thrive resources.