South East Sector Led Improvement Programme (SESLIP)

The South East Sector Led Improvement Programme is the name for the regional improvement and innovation alliance (RIIA) in the south east.

The Regional Improvement Plan reflects the scale and ambition of the Regional Recovery and Building Back Better Fund application

There are 35 work streams including 10 practice networks.

The purpose of the plan is to identify action that will assist all the local authorities in the South East to deliver effective services which improve outcomes for children and young people.

The plan recognises that all children’s services have strengths which can help inspire improvement in others; it also recognises that they are all capable of further improvement. It aims to discourage the conclusion that only poor or weak services need improvement help; instead it celebrates honest self-evaluation and constant improvement as antidotes to complacency.

 The main features of the plan are

·     a non-stigmatising approach to improvement

·     support for innovation and new approaches to service delivery challenges

·     development of the skills of staff, managers, corporate and political leaders

·     increased sharing of ideas, insight, understanding and solutions 

The Regional Improvement Plan has the following objectives

We will identify ways in which local authorities can support each other to improve and look at how collective action can help address systemic issues within the region.

We will recognise both positive and negative variance in performance and try to ensure that no child is left behind.

We will ensure that authorities who are facing more challenges have access to support from others in the region and, where appropriate, national support.

We will take collective action where this will support several authorities with their improvement journeys, including lobbying government where necessary.

We will support the effectiveness of lead members and their deputies and colleagues.

We work closely with the LGA team:

Will Brooks and Mona Sehgal (job share): Principal Advisers

Alison Michalska: Children's Improvement Adviser

Phil Simpkins: Corporate Improvement Adviser, whose role is to engage with councils or a group of councils to develop a greater understanding of children's services by the leadership and corporate centre, for both members and officers.


Governance & Reports

The SESLIP Steering Group includes:

SE ADCS (Lead DCS Alison Jeffery (East Sussex), Deputy Kevin McDaniel (DCS Windsor and Maidenhead) and PIP DCS Steve Crocker (Hampshire and Isle of Wight))

Chief Executives (Lead Chief Executives Becky Shaw (East and West Sussex) and Michael Bracey (Milton Keynes))

LGA (Lead Lead Member Cllr Gareth Barnard (Bracknell Forest) and deputy Cllr Hannah Clare (Brighton and Hove); Principal Advisers Mona Sehgal and William Brooks; and Children's Improvement Adviser Alison Michalska

Also invited to attend from the DfE is Dave Myers (Regional Improvement Support Lead) and Genevieve Cox (Deputy Regional Improvement Support Lead)

    Future dates for SESLIP SG are:

    • Thursday 10 March 2022 at 2pm
    • Friday 1 July 2022 at 1pm
    • Monday 12 September 2022 at 2pm
    • Monday 12 December 2022 at 2pm

    Contact Details

    SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall
    07880 787007
    LGA Children's Improvement Adviser: Alison Michalska
    07920 727626
    LGA Principal Adviser – South East (Berkshire, East Sussex and Surrey): Mona Sehgal
    LGA Corporate Improvement Adviser: Philip (Phil) Simpkins
    LGA Principal Adviser - South East (Bucks, Brighton and Hove, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Medway, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Portsmouth, Southampton, West Sussex): William (Will) Brooks