About Us

The South East Sector Led Improvement Programme (SESLIP) 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 also 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. 



SESLIP Freelance Consultant Approved List now open

ESCC has advertised the SESLIP Freelance Consultant Approved ListPlease address all enquiries about this opportunity to Richard Tyndall, Programme Manager

News and Updates 20th May 2022

Aspirant DCS Programme NOW BOOKING

The Staff College, Institute of Public Care, Skills for Care, and GatenbySanderson – supported by DfE - invite applications for the upon Aspirant Directors Programme. Applications close 13 June 2022

Schooling for the Future: 1pm Monday 30 May

Over the past 10 years or so, The Staff College has been actively engaged in promoting international dialogue on addressing the question “What is the purpose of Schooling?”. Informed by this dialogue, we have developed the Schooling for The Future Series; a suite of online academic and practical resources themed as: Future Schooling; Inclusive Schooling; Community Schooling. There is a flyer here.

Disrupting the Routes between Care and Custody for Girls and Women

On 4 May the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research (CFJ) published Disrupting the routes between care and custody for girls and women, a report on the over-representation of care-experienced girls and women in the criminal justice system. 

Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner - Annual Report published

On 27 April the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has published its annual report for 2021-2022 looking at modern slavery. 

The full report is here

Working together to improve school attendance

On 6 May DfE published Working together to improve school attendance, Guidance to help schools, academy trusts, governing bodies, and local authorities maintain high levels of school attendance including roles and responsibilities which apply from September 2022.

What we do

Working with our partners the LGA, ADCS and Solace, SESLIP encourages and supports 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.

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: Email: richard.tyndall@richardtyndall.co.uk Phone: 07880 787007


Upcoming events

  • Reducing Court Backlogs Cohort 2 Module 3

    Cohort 1: 11 May (Modules 1 am and 2 pm) and 25 May (Module 3 am)

    Book here or email: sectorled@hants.gov.uk 

    on line

    Date: 25 May 2022
    Time: 10:00 - 12:30

  • SEND Data Benchmarking Network

    More details from Joe Cornford-Hutchings or Madeleine Sweeney-Baird or 
    S.E. Region SEND Network Co-ordinator: Tracey Maytas  02392 437680

    Date: 07 June 2022
    Time: 10:00 - 12:00

  • Family Hub CoP SEND workshop

    For further details about the Family Hub Community of Practice please see our dedicated web page

    MS Teams

    Date: 09 June 2022
    Time: 09:20 - 11:30

  • AD Safeguarding Network meeting

    Please contact Mark Evans, the Network Co-ordinator for an MS Teams invitation link.

    Date: 10 June 2022
    Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Our partners

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.

Solace (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers) is the representative body for senior strategic managers working in the public sector.