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.

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Upcoming Events

  • DCS Peer Challenge Triad 4

    We welcome participating teams from Medway, Milton Keynes and Bracknell Forest

    MS Teams

    04 March 2024

  • AD Safeguarding Network March meeting

    Contact Mark Evans for further details including MS Teams link.

    08 March 2024
    10:00 - 13:00

  • SESLIP Steering Group

    online only

    11 March 2024
    15:30 - 17:00

  • DCS Peer Challenge Quartet 3

    We welcome participating teams from Oxfordshire, Reading, Hampshire and Isle of Wight.

    MS Teams

    14 March 2024

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