The Empowerment Approach is an innovative, research-based approach to tackle challenging and risky behaviour in children and young people. The approach offers a proven alternative to the traditional control-based methods of managing behaviour.
The Empowerment Approach is built on what the latest neuroscience tells us about the factors underlying challenging behaviour. It is informed by our understanding of the impact of attachment and trauma on behaviour difficulties and draws on therapeutic approaches.
The approach also sets out a very practical methodology for addressing children’s difficulties on a day-to-day basis. It is underpinned by strong relationships between adults and young people. Relationships characterised by positive communication; mutual respect and listening to understand the young person’s experience.
Be curious not furious about behaviour
Listen to understand, not listen to repsond
The approach places young people’s self-awareness at its heart. It provides practical strategies and tools to support children to truly understand their difficulties and to move from responses driven by emotion towards positive self-control.