UPDATE NO 200 17 June 2016

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A brief summary of the main headlines and highlights for this week are shown below. Any tools, templates or documents needed for the actions required are provided here also. If you would like to know more about these workstreams or the others in the Programme, click on the main section icons shown above. 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.

UPDATE NO 200 17 June 2016


Data Benchmarking


The Data Benchmarking Group met on 16 June. It agreed to add a new category to the Social Care Benchmarking Dataset: Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) LAC. This was proposed by Kent and agreed.

It also agreed nine new Early Help indicators. All LAs are in different places but all attendees thought they will be able to make some sort of return. Some commented that they would be relying on other teams, which may pose challenges so support from DCSs with this will be valuable. Please help!

It was also discussed that the Early Help indicator work is in a development phase and that further work around definitions and comparative analysis will follow.

Action Required:

Early Help Benchmarking Indicators to be collected




Referrals in to Early Help Services per quarter


Re-referrals in to Early Help services which were received within 12 months of a previous referral  per quarter


Early Help Assessments per quarter


Proportion of Early Help Assessments per quarter leading to

  1. Ongoing Early Help work (i.e . A plan, an intervention etc)
  2. ‘Step up’ to Social Work
  3. NFA


Average Length of Time in working Days: Referral to Assessment in the quarter


Referrals to Social Care that had prior Early Help intervention in the previous 12 months


Referrals to Early Help that were “stepped down” from Social Care


Number of children being worked with by Early Help services (snapshot at the end of the quarter)


Threshold/Level of Need of children being worked with by Early Help services


Children’s Workforce Virtual Network


On 14 June, we held our first teleconference meeting. It was well attended with representatives from Kent, Hampshire, Bracknell, West Sussex, West Berks and Windsor and Maidenhead. The meeting covered a wide array of topics including SW Recruitment and Retention,  Children and Social Work Bill (accreditation, knowledge and skills statements, regulator, new freedoms etc),  Regional Children’s Social Work Websites, training partnerships and use of the social work health check. The discussion highlighted the extent of rapid change and development in this critical area of children’s services. The telephone format worked well and enabled participants to  obtain the benefits of collaborative working without having to travel.  The group have agreed to share documentation and experiences of using the social work health check with a view to investigating the potential for some benchmarking work. 

Action Required:

If you would like to participate in the Social Work Health Check Benchmarking please forward any templates or other relevant materials to Mark@markevansconsulting.co.uk 

If you would like to participate directly or nominate some to represent you authority in the next virtual meeting (12th July 2.00-3.30) , please provide Mark@markevansconsulting.co.uk with the name and contact details.  

Reminders from previous weeks


Health Visiting Services briefing


Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) Joint Briefing on the commissioning of health visiting services

Action Required:

The briefing starts:

We are concerned about the intense lobbying from professional bodies representing health visitors (HV) and school nurses as well as the recent negative media attention about the decommissioning of health visiting and school nursing services. …

Download the full briefing here


Joint Targeted Area Inspection


Stuart Gallimore, DCS at East Sussex and Chair of the ADCS’s Standards, Performance and Inspection Policy Committee, asked me to share this briefing note about the new Joint Targeted Area Inspection for dissemination to all LAs

Action Required:

Here is a presentation from Central Beds Council detailing their recent experience of the JTAI and one from South Tyneside is available on the ADCS website


Friday 1st July 2016


Memorandum of Cooperation – Children’s Social Work Agency Event – 1st July 2016 10 to 12.30. Kingston upon Thames. 

Surrey County Council have very kindly agreed to host and introduce an event planned for agency providers who work with authorities across the region. The aim of the event is promote better knowledge and understanding of the MoC. It will also consider the potential for a collaborative approach to developing the MoC. Julie Fisher Deputy Chief Executive and DCS will be introducing the event. 

Action Required:

We need your help and support to promote the event, click here for a draft invitation which needs to be personalised to your authority and sent to the children’s social work agencies you work with.  With the invitation please also send the MoC which has list of signatory authorities contained within it.
We also need a couple of volunteers who understand the MoC and were involved in setting it up to assist on the day. If you would like to volunteer please contact Mark Evans (contact details below).


Audit Improvement Project


Kim Drake (DCS at Southampton) is the lead on a new SESLIP project designed to consider how we can work across the region to improve the quality of audit work. As part of this project Kim is looking to investigate the appetite for sharing best practice and the potential for peer auditing between authorities

Action Required:

As a starting point we are looking to identify a list of contacts to start the dialogue with. We are compiling lists of Quality Assurance/Audit Managers and Principal Social Workers. To help us build the contact list please can you advise who you would like to involve in the project and provide their contact details (name, job title, email address and phone number) to Richard Tyndall (contact details below).


Safeguarding Pressures Phase 5


Carole Brooks of ADCS has written

In case this has not reached your attention yet, ADCS are updating Safeguarding Pressures Research this year and will be sending a request to their members (DCSs) for information (some data and questions for Safeguarding ADs to answer)

Action Required:

SGP5 (as affectionately known) will be the same timeframes as before (ie late August)  to allow LAs time to submit returns. Sadly ADCS are not able to get data direct from DfE and the additional request on data teams is not one we make lightly. Whilst there are more data items included than before (e.g. UASCs and refugee families), they are hopefully ones that everyone will feel the benefit from knowing about – but we’ve batted some things back and excluded them as well as dropped other questions to try hard to keep it manageable again. Some LAs are going to be piloting it before sending out to make it as easy as possible for you.  The request for information, as always is voluntary but the more LAs that provide evidence, the greater the impact in providing robust evidence for policy makers and ADCS to use to support LAs.  

More information can be found hereThank you all so much, Carole


Topical Peer Challenge Round 9


Topical Peer Challenge Round 9 is now open. The detailed guidance is available here, and is largely unchanged from previous versions.

Portsmouth (topic: CSE) is confirmed for 28/29 November. The visiting DCS will be Alison Alexander.

Medway (topic: CIN), Bracknell Forest (topic: LSCB) and West Sussex (topic: tbc) are now in planning

Windsor and Maidenhead (topic: Corporate Parenting) is now postponed. All enquiries to Richard Tyndall (contact details below).

Action Required:

Southampton have a commitment held over from Round 8 (Ofsted, staff changes and other impediments confounded our best laid plans). I look forward to hearing from colleagues and others about whether or not they wish to join Round 9.

Kent (topic: tba) have also indicated they wish to participate.

Please contact Richard Tyndall (details below) to register your interest


Leadership Development


We continue to offer our successful portfolio of Leadership Development Courses all of which have been positively evaluated by delegates.

This year we have added a new course recently piloted in Hampshire and IoW. The senior team attended a one-day Coaching to Improve Performance workshop to ensure the Directorate were fully conversant with the training undertaken by their three cohorts of managers on two-day programme and to develop their own coaching skills to use in their own performance management roles.

We are also offering LAs the opportunity to train their own trainers for all our courses. Our aim is to increase the capacity and capability across the region  to ensure future sustainability within LAs.

Action Required:

A new departure for us has been running these training courses for adult services and for schools so please contact Di Smith, details below, if this is of interest to you. 

All courses are run in-house in the LA who provides the venue. Each course is accompanied by a range of training resources for the delegates including a comprehensive handbook. The current courses on offer are as follows and details of each course and the costs for each can be found by downloading the April 2016 Leadership Development Prospectus

Coaching to Improve Performance

Embedding a Coaching Culture

Leading Change in Times of Austerity

Step Up to Leadership   

We can also arrange one-to-one coaching, especially to support newly appointed 2nd and 3rd tier managers

If you require further details or wish to book a course please get in touch with Di Smith (contact details below)

Tools & Templates

Prevent for Schools (P4S) is a resource that is aimed at providing schools (all phases) with support around Prevent.

Childnet: Trust Me The charity Childnet recently released a new resource to support teachers in exploring critical thinking online suitable for all phases

New Ways of Working in Social WorkA New Partnership event from The Timewise Foundation, Skills for Care and the LGA. Mon 11 July

Ofsted/CQC Special Educational Need and Disability Inspection Framework and Guidance for Inspectors 

EHCP user journey mapping research report at 

Ofsted 2015-16 Annual Fostering Data Collection: guidance and templates available here. Return deadline is 18 July 2016

SEND Benchmarking Annual Report 2015 – Public Version – pdfSEND Benchmarking Annual Report 2015 – Public Version – excel

April 2016 Leadership Development Prospectus

ALB Data Guidance for Q1 2016-17 Part 1ALB Data Guidance for Q1 2016-17 Part 2

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

Memorandum of Cooperation

PowerPoint for Social Workers

PowerPoint for Managers and HR

Governance Group Draft ToR

Agency Worker Reference

Children and Social Work Bill see also Community Care’s 5 things a SW should know article   

Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) Joint Briefing on the commissioning of health visiting services

Contact Details

S.E. Region SEND Network Programme Co-ordinator: Sheelagh Sullivan (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


South East Grid for Learning – Consortium Manager: Krista Pickering (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07872 014083

SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07880 787007

CSC Workforce, PSW and AD Safeguarding Network Lead: Mark Evans (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07803 147072

Data Benchmarking: Luke Ede (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07925 148597