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At SESLIP we are always on the look-out for good ideas that might be better implemented regionally rather than locally. If you have any suggestions, please contact Richard Tyndall, SESLI Programme Manager (details below). 

Our Regional Improvement Plan for 2020-2021 can be found here.

UPDATE NO 448 09th April 2021


Clinical Review and Practice Guide for Children in Care’s Emotional/Mental Health Needs


Andrea King (contact details below) writes:

"Dear All

"I’m delighted to send you the Clinical Review and Practice Guide for all multi-professional staff working with Children in Care (EMH Guide), in advance of the Community of Practice event on 16th April with IRO colleagues across the South East. This Guide has been co-designed with IRO Managers and CAMHS Clinicians; thanks to Kent, Hampshire & IoW, Surrey, Wokingham and Brighton & Hove IRO Managers for their particular support and leadership.

Action Required

"A huge thanks to Dr Gavin Lockhart for his work on developing this guide in dialogue with national advisors and to colleagues at the Children’s Outcome Research Consortium (CORC) for their input.

"The Clinical Review and Practice Guide for all staff working with Children in Care, provides a practical overview of best evidenced practice in recognising, understanding, supporting and monitoring change in the emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of our Children in Care. Please do disseminate this freely in your local networks and feel free to share with colleagues in other regions where you border/work closely with other areas – the guide will be shared nationally.

"All of the resources can be found here


Reminders From Previous Weeks

Key dates

Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Friday 23 April joint meeting with DCSs. More information from Alison Michalska (contact details below)

Data Benchmarking: Tuesday 13 July 2021. More information from Alastair Lee (contact details below)

Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board: Tuesday 20 April 2021. More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)


AD EducationFriday 7 May 2021 - 10.30am. More information from Chris Owen (contact details below)

AD Safeguarding: Friday 11 June 2021. More information from Mark Evans (contact details below)

QA Network: More information from Amanda Meadows (contact details below)

Fostering Network: 10.30am Monday 12 April 2021. More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

SEND SE19: More information from Tracey Maytas (contact details below)

Key dates

Ofsted inspection of schools in summer term 2021


In a press release published on 29 March, Ofsted announced it will inspect schools and further education & skills (FES) providers in the summer term to provide reassurance about how well children and learners are catching up, but it will not resume a full programme of graded inspections until September. 

"we will undertake on-site, lighter-touch inspections in the summer term. Unlike ‘full’ inspections, these visits will allow inspectors to assess how well schools and FES providers are educating their learners and keeping them safe, but they will not result in a grade.

"Revised handbooks will be published after Easter." 


Monitoring inspections of Schools will begin from 4 May, under the EIF. These will not result in a change of grade.

Where inspectors find evidence that an inadequate school has improved, they can convert the monitoring visit to a full inspection, which would be graded. If schools judged ‘requires improvement’ on 2 or more consecutive occasions are found to have improved, inspectors will recommend that a full inspection is carried out before the end of the summer term.

Ofsted will also inspect ‘good’ schools that, due to the pandemic, have not had an inspection within the statutory 5-year window, and will also inspect some ‘outstanding’ schools that request an inspection, prioritising those that have gone the longest without an inspection.

Other than where significant concerns are raised, Ofsted will not inspect secondary schools during the first half of the summer term, to allow them to focus on teacher-assessed grades.

Key dates

UNSAFE CHILDREN Driving up our country’s response to child sexual abuse and exploitation


The Centre for Social Justice has published "UNSAFE CHILDREN Driving up our country’s response to child sexual abuse and exploitation"


This report reminds all in the children’s sector about the importance of addressing child sexual abuse. Recommendations for education include needing to commit to good relationships and sex education, whole school approaches to child sexual abuse and increasing the capacity for school nurses to play more of a role.

The full report is here.

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan which will underpin activities in 2020-2021

Clinical Review and Practice Guide for Children in Care’s Emotional/Mental Health Needs published by NHS SE 9 April 2021

UNSAFE CHILDREN - Driving up our country’s response to child sexual abuse and exploitation  published by Centre for Social Justice on 28 March 2021

Refuge and Risk Report - Life Online for Vulnerable Young People published by internet matters.org on 27 March 2021

Improving families’ lives: annual report of the Troubled Families Programme 2020 to 2021 published by DfE 26 March 202

Life Online for Vulnerable Young People published by internet matters.org 26 March 2021

News story about the restart of Area SEND re-visits and full inspections published by Ofsted 19 March 2021

Perplexing Presentations and Fabricated of Induced Illness guidance published by RCPCH on 12 March 2021

Phase 7 of ADCS Safeguarding Pressures published by ADCS on 24 February 2021

Evidence summary: COVID-19 - children, young people and education settings published by DfE 22 February 2021

Social Work in England: First Reflections published by Social Work England on 20 January 2021

Restricting attendance during the national lockdown: schools Guidance for all schools in England January 2021 published by DfE 7 January 2021

Learning from the Partners in Practice Programme Review: Practice Briefing (2020) published by RiP 31 December 2020

Children looked after in England including adoptions published by DfE 18 December 2020

IntegratED Annual Report 2020 published 18 December 2020

COVID-19: mental health and wellbeing surveillance report - Chapter 7 CYP published by Public Health England on 17 December 2020

Ofsted COVID-19 series of briefings published on 15 December 2020

Careless: Helping to improve council services to children in care published by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman 10 December 2020

A systematic review of early years degrees and employment pathways published by EPI on 10 December 2020

Unlocking the facts: young people referred to secure children's homes published by WWCSC on 8 December 2020

Speak for Change published by the Oracy APPG on 1 December 2020

SEND Inspection Preparation: Self Evaluation Framework Peer Review Guidance

The MoC area of the Seslip website now includes the latest versions of key documents, including the:

SESLIP Contact Details

Data and Information Manager: Alastair Lee
01273 481468
LGA Children's Improvement Adviser: Alison Michalska
07920 727626
Children’s Services Performance Manager, Convener of SE Quality Assurance Network: Amanda Meadows
01962 826998
Specialist Advisor, CYP Mental Health, NHS England (South East): Andrea King
07702 405081
Education Network: Chris Owen
07825 862330
SESLIP Education Data Group Lead: Daryl Perilli
South East Grid for Learning - Consortium Manager: Heather Hadfield
07931 506487 or 0118 978 9679
Isabelle Gregory
07931 586784
CSC Workforce and DfE Project Phase 2 Lead: Mark Evans
07803 147072
Adoption & SG Leadership and Fostering Regional Networks: Rebecca Eligon
07944 996219
SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall
07880 787007
DfE Project Phase 2 Project Manager: Rosemary Perry
07739 853434
S.E. Region SEND Network Co-ordinator: Tracey Maytas
02392 437680