UPDATE NO 202 01 July 2016

Newsletters 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 […]

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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 202 01 July 2016


Data Benchmarking


Thank you to colleagues at Oxfordshire for supplying Adoption 2015-16 Q4 data which has now been incorporated into a revised version of the regional benchmarking data.

Action Required:

The regional benchmarking report is prepared under the Data Sharing Protocol which means that unaudited data has a restricted circulation. Your colleagues in the Data Benchmarking Group have access to these restricted reports, which are for internal use only and not for publication. If you want to know more, please contact Alastair Lee (details below).


Early Help


A Charter for Early Intervention in Policing has been published by the Early Intervention Foundation – the Early Intervention Academy for Police Leaders which is a registered charity, and is hosted by the LGA. Their website has a host of resources on the topic of What Works in Early Intervention.

Action Required:

From an EIA press release:

The ‘Early Intervention Academy for Police Leaders’ was launched in July 2015 in partnership with the Home Office and College of Policing. It has heard from national experts, accessed the latest evidence base on early intervention and shared ideas to enable participants to develop practical plans that they can take back to their chief officers and implement in their forces and with their partners.

The Police forces represented in the EIF academy are:  Avon and Somerset, Bedfordshire, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Hampshire, Humberside, Lancashire, Norfolk, North Wales, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire (Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner), Thames Valley, West Midlands, Metropolitan Police Service.


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).


Topical Peer Challenge Round 9


Topical Peer Challenge Round 9 has now closed with seven participants (some carried over from Round 8):

Bracknell Forest – LSCB; Kent (tbc); Medway (CiN); Portsmouth (CSE); Southampton (tbc) West Sussex (MASH); Windsor and Maidenhead (Corporate Parenting)


Action Required:

The next step is to finalise the last two topics, and then for the host and visiting DCSs to agree dates for field work (this Autumn, Winter or Spring). The planning grid shows who is visiting whom. Richard Tyndall (details below) will be sending out emails announcing the progress of these arrangements and inviting nominations in due course.


Memorandum of Cooperation – Children’s Social Work Agency Event


Our MoC Agency event went ahead on 1July.  It was very well attended with over 60 attendees representing 29 agencies.  Julie Fisher (Deputy Chief Executive & DCS Surrey) opened the event. The second session included full discussion of the MoC.

Action Required:

The final session explored the potential for greater collaboration between local authorities and agencies in future, there was a strong appetite to work together to improve referencing (ensuring quality, speeding up the process and minimising duplication) and also for greater inter-regional arrangements.

Agency colleagues were generally positive about the MoC and most had some experience of working with similar arrangements in other regions.  I have attached the slides from meeting for your information. Many thanks to Julie and Surrey for hosting the event and also Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, West Berks, West Sussex and Kent colleagues for helping to facilitate the meeting.


Regional Adoption Leadership Board


The South East ALB met on 27th June in Wokingham; the meeting was less well attended than usual (partly due to train issues), nonetheless, the group had a useful discussion about latest developments in the regional adoption agency projects, including the most recent email from the DfE.

Action Required:

Milton Keynes is involved in one of the demonstrator projects; otherwise to that, none of the South East RAAs are on the accelerated programme.  We also had a useful update from First4Adoption regarding the Adoption Register project. The group is considering it’s terms of reference and frequency of meetings in the light of the RAA agenda and national developments involving the ALB.  The next meeting is on 15th September 2016

Reminders from previous weeks


12th July 2.00-3.30


Children’s Workforce Virtual Network

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 Evans (details below) with the name and contact details.

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 Evans (details below).


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

SWGfL 360data is a data protection and information security self-review tool which can be found here.

SEGfL New Arrivals Tool for schools and support staff, now supporting 17 languages can be found here

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 

A Charter for Early Intervention in Policing has been published by the Early Intervention Foundation – the Early Intervention Academy for Police Leaders 

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