2023-2024 SE DCS Peer Challenge

January – April 2024

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The 2023-2024 Peer Challenge Cycle will take place between January and April 2024.

In this, our sixth 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.

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 2023-2024 Memorandums of Understanding

2023-2024 DCS Peer Challenge dates

TriadDateLA1LA2LA3F to F/Virtual
115 April 2024WokinghamEast SussexSurreyVirtual
213 Feb 2024West SussexKentPortsmouthF to F London
Quartet 314 March 2024OxfordshireHampshire and Isle of WightReadingVirtual
44 March 2024MedwayMilton KeynesBracknell ForestVirtual
512 Jan 2024West BerkshireWindsor and MaidenheadBrighton and HoveVirtual
611 March 2024SloughBuckinghamshireSouthamptonVirtual

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 (Wokingham)


07925 148597

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


07880 787007

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


07931 586784

Head of Sector Led Improvement and Service Development: Alison Smailes (Hampshire)


LGA Children’s Improvement Adviser: Alison Michalska (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07920 727626