2020-2021 SE DCS Peer Challenge

In 2020-2021, five challenges were held

A large group of colleagues sitting together at a meeting table

The 2020-2021 SE DCS Peer Challenges took place between 1 December 2020 and 28 February 2021.

This year’s programme saw two innovations.

1. Alison Michalska of LGA (see below for contacts) supported Lead Members in providing scrutiny and challenge within each authority as the self-assessments were drafted and signed-off.

2. Coordinating with the Quality Assurance Group. We tested a process of detailed QA Group activity in Triad/Quartet groupings to maximise access to the underlying data which informs each authority’s self-assessment statement. We plan to use our learning in future years to futher develop this approach.

We provide access to our growing library of the region’s self-assessments and the Peer Challenge data packs in the password-protected  Peer Challenge Library.

This has been set up as a resource for nominated participants to the 2020-2021 SESLI Programme DCS Peer Challenge cycle.

If you are a nominated participant and have yet to receive log-in details, please contact Isabelle Gregory (details below).

Governance and Planning

SESLIP 2019-2020 Memorandum of Understanding (the next edition is in production)

2020-2021 DCS Peer Challenge dates

All of these events were held via MS Teams

129th January 2021WokinghamEast SussexSurrey
229th March 2021West SussexKentPortsmouth
Quartet 31st February 2021SloughHampshire and Isle of WightMilton Keynes
49th March 2021Windsor and MaidenheadOxfordshireMedway
5CancelledWest BerkshireBuckingham-shireBrighton and Hove
614th April 2021Bracknell ForestReadingSouthampton (did not participate this year)

Contact Details

Data Benchmarking: Luke Ede (East Sussex)


07925 148597

SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07880 787007

Adoption; Fostering; Kinship and Early Help Regional Networks: Rebecca Eligon (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07944 996219

SESLIP Consultant: Isabelle Gregory (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07931 586784