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What is ‘Five to Thrive’?

Safety and mattering (feeling important to others) are essential for a healthy functioning nervous system. ‘Five to Thrive’ offers a model of how to help achieve this.

When attachment needs are being met in children and young people (CYP) it supports them to form a strong sense of identity, to develop their ability to self-regulate and to build resilience. In turn this enables them to form positive relationships and to integrate well into the community.

Attachment needs manifest throughout our lives and Five to Thrive provides a model to help us understand the importance of addressing this and how to fulfil these needs most effectively across the course of life.

The first 1001 days (conception to 2 years) of a baby’s life are most critical for laying the foundations for future cognitive, emotional and behavioural development due to the rapid development of the brain in these early years. However, babies are born without the ability to self-soothe and rely entirely on a responsive, attuned primary carer to meet their attachment needs. Healthy Five to Thrive responses from a carer are necessary for healthy brain development.

Five to Thrive interactions are important throughout life providing us with the healthy nourishment our brains need.

Five to Thrive is a model that can be used when working with anyone to promote healthy brain development and also in a targeted way with those who need more support.

We are all vulnerable.

We all have attachment needs when we feel unsafe.

We are all resilient.

We can all contribute to meeting the attachment needs of other people.