2022-2023 SE DCS Peer Challenge

January – May 2023

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The 2022-2023 Peer Challenge Cycle will take place between January and May 2023.

In this, our fifth year of operation, each authority is offered external validation or quality control of is self-assessment in advance of the peer challenge event.

This process is managed by Alison Smailes of Hampshire (contact details below) on behalf of SESLIP. The prospectus setting out available assistance is here.

Our Lead Members supported by Alison Michalska of LGA (see below for contacts), will continue to provide scrutiny and challenge as each authority’s self assessments are drafted and signed off.

We offer access to our growing library of the region’s self-assessments and the Peer Challenge data packs in the password-protected  Peer Challenge Library. For access please contact Isabelle Gregory (details below).

For further discussion, please contact Richard Tyndall, Programme Manager, details below.

Governance & Reports

The South East DCS Peer Challenge is underpinned by the ethos and governance demonstrated through the 2022-2023 Memorandum of Understanding.

2022-2023 DCS Peer Challenge dates

TriadDateLA1LA2LA3F to F/Virtual
116th January 2023WokinghamEast SussexSurreyF to F London
215th May 2023West SussexKentPortsmouthF to F London
Quartet 316th February 2023OxfordshireHampshire and Isle of WightReadingF to F
431st January 2023MedwayMilton KeynesBracknell ForestVirtual
521st April 2023West BerkshireWindsor and MaidenheadBrighton and HoveVirtual
610th February 2023SloughBuckingham-shireSouthamptonVirtual

Details of Previous Peer Challenge Rounds

SE DCS Peer Challenge 2018-2019

SE DCS Peer Challenge 2019-2020

SE DCS Peer Challenge 2020-2021

SE DCS Peer Challenge 2021-2022

SE DCS Peer Challenge 2022-2023

Contact Details

Data Benchmarking: Luke Ede (East Sussex)


07925 148597

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


07880 787007

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


07931 586784

LGA Children’s Improvement Adviser: Helen Watson (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07810 011892