Silver Linings Project

The Covid-19 pandemic lockdown and subsequent adjustments to find Covid-secure ways of working have driven new thinking about ways to deliver Children’s Services, in schools, in early help and in children’s social care.

The aim of the Silver Linings project was to capture and publicise the best of these innovative responses, in an attempt to embed these new and better ways or working into the “new normal”.

This final set of case studies showcase the remarkable resilience and innovation shown by those working in children’s services across the South East.

We are aware that these 16 studies merely provide a snapshot of what has already been achieved by our colleagues as they continue to cope with the challenges of dealing with this global pandemic.

We publish the case studies on a "take-it-or-leave-it" basis; with no selection and no endorsement of them.

Governance & Reports

The 2021 SESLIP Silver Linings Report featuring 16 case studies from around the region was launched on 26 February 2021.

If you want to access individual case studies, please refer to the table below and left.

All enquiries to Richard Tyndall (see contact details below)

Many thanks to Kate Vogelsang of Birdsong Consultancy for turning these good news stories into a finished report.

You can download the full report from the link opposite or quickly access each case study by topic/ local authority using the list below.

Silver Linings Case Study listing

Number

Title

Authority

Contact   

1

CSC Demand Modelling

East Sussex CC

Alastair Lee

Alistair Herbert

2

Education of vulnerable children

Hampshire and IoW

Alison Smailes

3

Flexible and agile working for staff

Hampshire and IoW

Alison Smailes

4

Fostering and Adoption Virtual Panels

Hampshire and IoW

Alison Smailes

5

Hybrid Child protection conferences

Hampshire and IoW

Alison Smailes

6

Strategic Partnership Engagement

Hampshire and IoW

Alison Smailes

7

Use of virtual meetings and visits with children, young people and families

Hampshire and IoW

Alison Smailes

8

Digital Learning

Portsmouth

Mike Stoneman

9

Link Coordinators

Portsmouth

Hayden Ginns

10

You’ve got a friend … Buddy Heads

Reading

Kate Reynolds

11

City-wide joint messaging

Southampton CC

Clodagh Freeston

12

Strategic Promoting Attendance Group

Surrey CC

Sandra Morrison Mark Keiller

13

Local Education System: stronger partnerships, communication and mutual support.

West Berkshire

Ian Pearson

14

Rapid Response Working Groups

West Sussex CC

Susan Tanner

15

Managing my Child’s Anxiety

Windsor and Maidenhead

Rebecca Askew

Christine Thomas

16

Wellbeing for Education Return – Training

Windsor and Maidenhead

Rebecca Askew

Christine Thomas