New 1-1 service aims to help Warwickshire children struggling emotionally - The Leamington Observer

New 1-1 service aims to help Warwickshire children struggling emotionally

A NEW service aims to provide one-to-one services to support children in Warwickshire struggling with their emotions.

Warwickshire County Council has a new service contract with Elements, who will provide bespoke one-to one in-depth support programmes which will run for a number of week.

Elements will also deliver workshops for social care teams, foster carers, council partners, health professionals and commissioned service providers to equip them with strategies to better communicate with children and young people.

There are many benefits for children receiving support from the team, including:

– Helping them identify where improvements are needed in a safe and friendly environment.

– Learning about social cues and how to communicate effectively to have their voices heard.

– Identifying subtle changes in behaviour which is reflective of their emotional wellbeing.

– Feeling more connected with improved relationships.

Elements’ founder Steven Russell reflected on his own experiences of being in care when he developed the service.

He said: “I cannot even begin to tell you how delighted I am to be working with the county council to help children in care in Warwickshire. Elements aims to be a beacon of hope for any child or young person in the care system that is concerned or worried about their situation.

“When children and young people feel their emotional well-being is being prioritised, they are far more likely to feel better about themselves and engage positively in learning. Being in care is a journey, it takes patience and optimism, but we will work with every child so that they can reach their full potential.”

While Elements’ aim is to improve a child’s behaviour and outlook on life, the long-term outcome may mean in 10 years, that child will make better life choices as an adult.

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