Support Services Overview:

Elements specialise in providing bespoke Social & Emotional Mental Health Support programmes to children and young people who may be struggling to regulate their emotions. We offer one to one or group support within a safe, non-judgemental environment.

Valuable strategies are provided to parents and teachers so they can better communicate with the child or young person.

Evaluation following engagement:

As an overview / guide to our process following support engagement would be:

Week 1: The Elements evaluation form is completed by the child, parent & teacher, then we can form a detailed picture of where things are currently at.

Week 12: We complete another evaluation form to measure any outcomes.

During the support process, we will operate as a youth mental health first aider as well as a trained person-centred counsellor. This enables us to spot the early signs of any mental health problems as well as using person-centred theory.

The children & young people will receive their own elements Journal where they can write or draw any thoughts or feelings they may have during the week.

Please note that Elements Support only facilitate half or full days:

08:30 – 12:30


08:30 – 16:00

Why is it important to support children & young people with social & emotional mental health therapy?

When children & young people feel their emotional well-being is being prioritised, they are far more likely to feel better about themselves, engage positively in learning, and reach their full potential. Elements SEMH support offers multiple creative ways of supporting children & young people, thus adding value to their mental health and well-being.

How do elements support children & young people with SEMH?

Elements is a child-centred service, meaning we holistically support the child and meet them where they are at without any expectations or judgments. The elements programme supports the child by assessing the four elements of well-being: physical health, mental health, social skills and environmental health. It’s about being creative and not becoming too attached to the outcome. We include the following activities: Chess chat, the “I” statement, self-awareness through self-reflection and scenario-based exercises.

What are the benefits of elements supporting children & young people with SEMH?

There are huge benefits for children receiving elements SEMH support, including the following:

  • Children & young people can identify for themselves where improvements are needed in a safe, friendly environment.
  • Children will learn about social cues and how to communicate more effectively to have their voices heard.
  • Staff will begin to see the subtle changes in behaviour which is reflective of their emotional well-being.
  • Both children, staff and parents often feel that bit more connected than they did before, which is what elements is all about, “staying connected”

What is Drawing & Talking therapy and how does it support children & young people?

Drawing and Talking is a therapeutic model, used to aid children’s communicational skills, and help them with underlying emotional difficulties that may be affecting their learning, behaviour, self-esteem, and relationships. The core of this pro-active intervention is encouraging children and young people to draw with a person, with whom they feel comfortable with at the same time each week. Over time, a symbolic resolution is found to old conflicts, old trauma is healed, and the child is more able to sustain good social relationships and better able to access learning.

What are the benefits of drawing & talking therapy?

Often children have not yet learnt the vocabulary skills to effectively communicate what they are thinking and how they are feeling. Therefore, by using drawing as a medium to talking, it allows the child to relax, stay calm and communicate any thoughts and feelings through the pencil onto paper.

Research has shown that traumatic memories are stored in parts of the brain not directly reached by talking on its own. When the brain is overloaded it overflows and the distress gets stored in other parts of the brain and body. Drawing allows the deeper part of the brain to be involved, especially the right-hand side of the brain where powerful emotional memories are stored visually. These are called engrams and can be thought of as being like photographs or short film clips.

Drawing & talking is highly beneficial for the following types of children:
  • A child who has experienced trauma, loss, or bereavement.
  • A child who lives in care.
  • A child who presents as irritable or has a conduct disorder such as ADHD.
  • A child who struggles to talk openly about their thoughts & feelings.

Elements Mentoring Programme: “Elementors”

Our mentoring service is designed to offer support to children and young people who may be suffering with emotional difficulties. We have a small team of dedicated indiduals, led by Elements founder: “Steven Russell”.

Providing a view point from a “Lived Experience”

Growing up in the care system has enabled Elements founder “Steven Russell” to become an effective communicator with children living in care.

Steven’s lived experience has enable him to connect and inspire hundreds of children to become more optimistic about their lives despite their circumstances of being a child in care.

How can I support children living in care with adverse childhood experiences?

Steven’s entire childhood was filled with emotional pain and uncertainty therefore, building relationships with children in care is a natural process for him.

Steven has had a lot of success mentoring boy’s, specifically young males who are struggling to regulate their emotions, or lack the presence of a positive male role model in their lives.

Steven’s approach enables a bond to be created with the child / young person. By drawing on his  experiences of care, Steven is able to demonstrate to them, that it is possible to achieve in life, despite experiencing setbacks and rejection.

Elementors are able to attend PEP and CIC review meetings and report on outcomes and recommendations.

How are Elements qualified to support children living in care? 

Steven has over 12 years’ experience supporting vulnerable children & young people living in residential care. Children who had suffered neglect / abuse / trauma and rejection or who may have been deemed at risk from CSE or Significant self-harm.

He holds:

  • A Level 5 diploma in leadership & management for children’s and young people’s services
  • Level’s 1,2 & 3 in person-centred counselling studies recognised by the CPCAB.
  • Youth mental health first aid, spotting the early signs of mental health problems.
  • Drawing & Talking therapy for children with PTSD, bereavement, or struggle to communicate.

What is B.R.E.A.T.H.E Support?

Be in the moment
Rest well
Eat well
Applaud yourself
Time for self-care
Healthy thoughts
Why is it vitally important staff feel supported with their social & emotional mental health?

In simple terms “we can’t pour from an empty cup”. Our staff are the vessels of support for our children, which is why they need as much support as possible. If staff feel supported with their mental health and well-being, they are far more likely to feel fulfilled to carry out their duties effectively in a compassionate, empathetic way.

How does the B.R.E.A.T.H.E support programme work?

B.R.E.A.T.H.E is all about time out for staff, to sit with a trained person-centred counsellor and self-reflect. We go on a journey through the seven elements of B.R.E.A.T.H.E to help encourage self-care through self-awareness.

Support is usually offered over a 12-week period however, this can be flexible dependent on the need. Staff will meet with Steven once a week after school hours for up to 1 hour.

What are the benefits of staff receiving support via the B.R.E.A.T.H.E programme?
  • An opportunity to feel listened to by a trained professional, in a safe non-judgemental environment.
  • The opportunity to self-reflect on both work-related issues and personal issues.
  • Weekly healthy challenges to promote self-care skills.
  • Noticeable improvements in morale, mood, and self-esteem.
  • Actively reducing stress and anxiety to create more harmony and tranquillity in themselves

Virtual well-being assemblies / workshops

“Creativity is the birthplace of expression”

How do virtual well-being sessions promote the welfare of children & young people?

In an ever-changing world where we strongly depend on virtual constructs to communicate with each other. Virtual assemblies & workshops are a great way to deliver key messages to children and staff around multiple topics in key areas such as resilience, diversity & equality and self-care.

What sort of well-being sessions do Elements Support deliver?

Elements can deliver a wide variety of well-being sessions to meet the need, sessions can also be tailor made if there were a specific area of interest.

  • “Let’s talk about Diversity and Equality”
  • “Get Perspective”
  • “The Drama Triangle”
  • “The life of a bully”
  • “Steven’s chaotic adventure” – #pain2purpose
  • “Year 6 transition to high school programmes”
  • “Social & communicational skills”
  • And many more
What are the main benefits of using these virtual well-being sessions?
  • Children & young people can become inspired with an optimistic outlook on life.
  • Improved social & communicational skills.
  • The Drama triangle helps children & young people understand relationships better.
  • A better understanding of diversity and equality and why they are important.
  • Learning how pain is related to bullying and why bullies bully.
  • Year 6 children can better mentally prepare for the big jump to high school.
  • Children & young people notice a difference in their self-esteem and self-belief.

Why is it important to support children & young people with bereavement?

The loss and death of a loved one is a traumatic and incredibly difficult time for everyone concerned. Children have not developed the same conceptual skills as adults and may not easily verbalise their feelings: they show distress through their behaviour. How children understand and react to death will therefore vary according to their age and development level. Reassurance, compassion and creating a nurturing environment for the child is so important during this time.

How does elements support children & young people with Bereavement?

Elements can offer an 8 – 12-week support programme that has been designed to accommodate nonverbal exercises such as the memory Jar and draw & talk. Sessions are designed to be creative and thoughtful with a strong emphasis on keeping memories alive. As a trained person cantered counsellor, Steven can offer children the core conditions of empathy, congruence, and an unconditional positive regard.

Activities include the following:
  • The memory salt jar
  • Draw & talk therapy
  • The three-plant pot’s
  • My memory box
  • The happy balloon 
What are the benefits for children receiving bereavement support?
  • Bereavement support provides an opportunity for children to express their emotions in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
  • Children can keep memory boxes and keep sakes they make within sessions.
  • Bereavement support helps children find closure through acceptance.
  • Children learn to build coping skills and resilience throughout their trauma.
  • Children feel empowered, valued, and listened too when receiving bereavement support.

Positively engaging the minds of young people!

It’s time to N-GAGE our young people with authentic realism and passion. N-GAGE is a programme for children and young people run by Joe Cole and Steven Russell, both of whom have the optimistic synergy between them to N-GAGE with connective energy.

The passion is real, the energy is real, the experience is unforgettable.

So, before you Diss N-GAGE, let’s give the young people a chance to be inspired by two optimistic minds who only want the very best for our next generation.

N-GAGE or Diss N-GAGE, we already know the best one, now it’s up to you to choose and press one.

“There’s been a real buzz around the school since you two have been in”
Pastoral lead, C O,Sullivan

N-GAGE can support up to 6 student’s / young people who you feel are either on the verge of permanent exclusion or display disruptive behaviours.

The 8-week programme will take your student’s on a journey full of optimism and an abundance of authentic experiences. Joe and Steven are very real and passionate when relating to young people and so confident in their optimistic abilities, they can guarantee #60second impact; meaning they will engage any student / young person within 60 seconds of meeting them.

Make the referral today and let’s N-GAGE together!


The Elements Team

The Elements Team

It’s so important to have the “Right” Team of people to create and nurture connections. Our Elements Team consists of founder Steven Russell and a small team of skilled “Elementors”. Find out more about Steven below. Or click HERE to read more about his story and how he turned his pain to purpose.

Steven Russell

Founder of Elements SEMH Support

Steven Russell, is the founder of Elements SEMH Support.

As a child, he lived with 9 foster families, was placed into two children’s homes and attended 5 schools. With this in mind, he decided to turn his “Pain to Purpose” by creating Elements.

As a child, growing up in the care system, Steven has become an effective communicator with children living in care.

His authentic style enables him to build rapport with children and young people immediately.

Combining the elements of his professional and personal experiences to create “Elements SEMH Support” Steven been able to inspire hundreds of children to become more optimistic about their lives, despite their circumstances of being a child in care.

Steven Russell

Founder of Elements SEMH Support

Rosie Wynn can be described as “Optimistic, Compassionate, Enthusiastic and Thoughtful”.

Rosie has come to Elements Support highly recommended by a foster carer that we work closely with.

Rosie is currently studying Childhood, Youth and Educational studies at Coventry University.

As part of the course, Rosie needs to complete active hours in the field of supporting children and young people however, Elements knows talent when it sees it and after the first meeting with Rosie, it was abundantly clear how much passionate energy Rosie possesses. 

As part of our commitment to grow our staff team from applicants that we feel have what it takes to be the best at the job, (see our careers page) Elements Support has made the decision that it will not only give Rosie the platform to gain experience in school’s supporting children with SEMH, but has also offered Rosie an “Elementor” position following completion of a successful training programme.

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Client Feedback

Client Feedback

Elements Support has received widespread praise from industry professionals including “Daniel Sobel”; an internationally respected leader in inclusive education, who has advised the DfE, the EU and governments abroad and the founder of Inclusion Expert and Daniel Croft; CEO of Foster Talk UK and industry professional with over 20 years of experience.

Below you can find a selection of the positive feedback that we’ve received from children / young people, organisations and industry professionals who have worked exclusively with Elements SEMH and Steven Russell.

If you are a Pastoral, Inclusion Lead or SLT, and you are looking for bespoke, highly effective SEMH support for your students, then I highly recommend Steven Russell. The Elements programme is tailor-made to meet your needs and it works and is backed up by testimony from many school leaders. Before you struggle-on or worry about a potential exclusion, call Steven and try out his service.

There’s a lot that I could say about Steven but I think that most people immediately get that he is genuine, real and highly experienced drawing from his own life story. He is a powerful, innovative and important voice working with children with SEMH challenges.

Elements provides a uniquely authentic child centred approach and through its bespoke support programme it not only excellently connects the four elements of the wellbeing framework but also focuses on providing a safe, non-judgemental environment in which a child can flourish at a fundamental level.

In over 20 years within social care, I have never even witnessed a bespoke programme that comes close to Elements, it’s rewards will live with children well into adulthood and filter down into generations to come.

It’s impossible to teach authenticity and passion, Steven manages to use his experience to bring an unparalleled level of passion to his work, added to his genuine authenticity and desire to learn and grow with these children, he’s an unbelievable resource to any educational environment.

Daniel Croft , CEO at Foster Talk UK

I have worked alongside Steven (Russell) when he has been chairing meetings as part of his role as family support worker for M.

He has the ability to build a relationship both with the young person and their parent/carer to help support them through their difficulties offering strategies and guidance in an empathic, non judgmental manner.

We have also worked within the same schools in their Multi Agency Centers (MAC).  I have seen students who have worked with Steven as their family support worker and they all really valued the work he did with them.

He is a very positive, caring person who is passionate about the wellbeing of young people, wanting them to become the best they can.

Sarah Heward, Choices CIC

I have known Steven for over ten years, initially in the capacity of his line manager to present day valued friend. Steven has overcome his own adversities growing up in the care system to turn full circle now supporting children and families with their own journeys.

Steven began his career in the residential sector where his enthusiasm, passion and creativity quickly became apparent. Combining these raw elements with training and knowledge Steven progressed to Senior Residential Support Worker before eventually attaining a Deputy Manager role. Eager to progress and expand his range of skills Steven moved to an educational and family support setting incorporating a person-centered counselling role.

I have no doubt that Steven possesses the attributes to make a positive impact on the people that he works with. His infectious personality and empathy helps children to naturally bond, trust and importantly feel safe allowing crucial work to be accomplished.

I would recommend Steven Russell without reservation to any school or setting seeking to support students facing issues – from attendance through to drug/alcohol through to family breakdown and neglect and abuse, and everything in between.

Steven combines empathy with integrity and is always willing to go the extra mile to help children and to help us as fellow professionals. Thus, he has become fully part of our community, as he is sensitive to our pressures, not just those of students.

His skill comes from his natural ability to build relationships with young people, and his highly-skilled listening.  Children trust him and will engage with him because they recognise someone who genuinely cares, and a man who will not let them down.  However, this does not mean that he will not challenge them to change and improve, and to become responsible for their own lives and future.

Clarissa Norrington-Owens, The Rawlett School

Steven has worked with a number of our families and individual children through his family support programme and therapeutic work.

By the end of the programmes there has been a noticeable improvement in children’s mental health and ability to access lessons.

The children he has worked with look forward to his visits and they quickly build up trust with Steven. 

I would highly recommend any school to use funding to support their Looked after Children as well as those who are struggling within attachment, anxiety or low self-esteem. Although outcomes of emotional health are hard to measure the impact of his work on children’s ability to access learning and attend lessons has been phenomenal.

Parents have also commented on how supportive his work has been for the parents and children.