The projects listed below are projects completed by SESLIP, which are no longer live. Giving brief details of each initiatives they are shown in order of completion, the most recently completed appearing first.
Associated key documents are shown in the Reports section on this page.
Academies Protocol Project: completed December 2014
This document was commissioned by the SESLIP as a response to the need for Children’s Services to work in cooperation with academy chains, multi-academy trusts and standalone academies in an increasingly diverse educational landscape.
Many authorities had already produced local agreements often with a particular focus on data sharing; this document was not intended to replace these agreements but to provide a basis for discussion with academies. In addition several academy chains have schools in a number of authorities in the south east region and the document may assist in benchmarking ways of working between local authorities and multi academy trusts.
There are three sections:
- Working in Cooperation -which sets out the general principles
- Local Dialogue Template – which can be tailored to suit individual discussions
- Respective Responsibilities – which sets out the legislative background and refers to current departmental guidance
The draft was also circulated to a number of Academy chains, the Department for Education and the LGA for comment during the consultation process.
The Voice of the Child: completed May 2014
This study was commissioned by the Regional Corporate Parenting Network and coordinated on their behalf by West Sussex County Council with funding from the SESLIP.
The research explored issues around how the voice of children looked after is captured and embedded in the work of Corporate Parenting Panels.
It explored practice within the framework of seven research questions developed with regional partners and designed to improve understanding of local practice and to support learning from each other.
Early Help: completed April 2016
Following the March 2015 publication of the Ofsted thematic report, “Early Help: Whose Responsibility”, the SESLIP Steering Group considered the recommendations of the report and identified a number of potential options for further work.
Following an options appraisal it was agreed that the area of work, which would be most beneficial to the South East local authorities was the development of a joint framework for the evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of early help interventions.
The aim of the project is to establish a framework, which can be used across the region, to measure the impact and effectiveness of early help services.
The framework should ensure that the focus is less on process compliance and more on the quality of work, effectiveness of services and the impact on children and families.