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Human Givens

Human Givens Intervention - Structured intervention package to support children's emotional health and well-being.


This intervention is designed to work on children's emotional well-being in a structured way by addressing their underlying emotional needs.  The intervention is conducted with groups of children and a familiar member of staff  over 18 weeks to ensure opportunities to communicate with peers in the welsh language.


The intervention is designed to address the 9 emotional and physical needs outlined in the Human Givens framework, 

  • Security — safe territory and an environment which allows us to develop fully
  • Attention (to give and receive it) — a form of nutrition
  • Sense of autonomy and control — having volition to make responsible choices
  • Emotional intimacy — to know that at least one other person accepts us totally for who we are, “warts 'n' all”
  • Feeling part of a wider community
  • Privacy — opportunity to reflect and consolidate experience
  • Sense of status within social groupings
  • Sense of competence and achievement
  • Meaning and purpose — which come from being stretched in what we do and think.