South East Sector Led Improvement Programme (SESLIP)

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The South East Sector Led Improvement Programme (SESLIP) is the name of our Regional Improvement and Innovation Alliance (RIIA). It is a membership group of all single/upper-tier local authorities in the South East that aims to:

  • improve outcomes for children and young people across the South East
  • establish a culture of honest and constructive dialogue and challenge within and between authorities
  • demonstrate the capacity and capability of the sector to achieve a coherent and consistent self-improving system

We believe good children’s services are a product of reflective practice, professional supervision/peer challenge, effective leadership and independent audit.

SESLIP is founded on a Memorandum of Understanding which has been agreed nationally and in the South East. East Sussex County Council acts as the lead authority and currently, Alison Jeffery (DCS, East Sussex), chairs the Programme Steering Group

Additionally, participating authorities have each signed a tailored Memorandum of Understanding to support the SE children’s sector-led improvement programme. 

What we do

upports the political and professional leadership and management of local authority children’s services to demonstrate, develop and share good practice. Our programmes support the development of children’s services as learning organisations, focusing on:

  • identifying key strands of enquiry
  • analysing and comparing operational data about the services
  • using evidence to inform decisions, including evidence available from outside the region, where relevant
  • using peer challenge and peer review
  • building leadership capacity and capability, and
  • developing standards of practice through supportive endeavour

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan which sets out the activities. Its aim is to identify ways in which local authorities in the South East can support each other to improve and look at how collective action can help address systemic issues within the region.

Featured News and Updates

Open call for evidence: safeguarding children in schools and colleges. Closes 20 June 2024

On 28 March DfE published an open call for evidence on safeguarding children in schools and colleges

SESLIP Kinship Care Conference Monday 8 July 2024 - booking now open

The SESLIP Kinship Care conference will be hosted by Surrey County Council at Woodhatch Place, Reigate on Monday 8 July 2024. Book your place here

National aspirant DCS programme 2024

The Staff College we will be recruiting between 29 April and 7 June 2024 for the next round of the national aspirant DCS leadership development programme, with onboarding during the summer and the first residential in late September.

Programme Lead, Mike Bowden

Upcoming Events

  • AD Education Network

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    MS Teams

    26 April 2024
    10:00 - 12:00

  • LAFSE: KPIs and dashboard

    This session will cover the detailed instructions for KPIsfocusing on the data which needs to be collected at an LA level, it will alsoinclude a presentation of the data which LAs will receive once the system islive.

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    29 April 2024
    13:00 - 15:00

  • LAFSE: Marketing

    This will be a presentation from the Marketing leadson the detailed plan for the year including what LAs will receive that they canuse (i.e. image banks, social media posts, press release for 8 July etc).  More from Natasha Sampson

    This will be a presentation from the Marketing leads on the detailed plan for the year including what LAs will receive that they can use (i.e.More from Natasha Sampson

    13 May 2024
    13:00 - 15:00

  • ADCS South East - DCS meeting

    Face-to-face only

    Broadway House

    17 May 2024
    10:00 - 13:00

Please use the contact details below to find out more.

Our Partners

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The Association of Directors of Children’s Services Ltd (ADCS) is the national leadership association in England for statutory directors of children’s services and their senior management teams.

The LGA is a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government.

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Solace (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers) is the representative body for senior strategic managers working in the public sector.

The purpose of this website

The primary purpose of this website is to provide information and updates on the programme to staff of the 19 contributing authorities and to make this accessible to anyone who does business with them or an interest in improving Children’s Services.

The ‘latest news’ page gives a snapshot of current activity and is updated weekly.

Contact details for people leading the initiatives on behalf of the SESLIP are provided on the relevant pages or you can contact the Programme Manager, Richard Tyndall: 07880 787007