UPDATE NO 203 08 July 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 203 08 July 2016


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


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.


Leadership Development


Southampton have just signed up for the Step up to Leadership course in September 2016

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-dayCoaching 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)


Workforce – Children’s Workforce Virtual Network & Social Work Health Check Benchmarking


We have our second conference call scheduled to take place shortly. The first meeting was very productive with wide ranging discussion. The agenda for our meeting next week includes:      

  • Regional Workforce Round Up
  • Social Work Health Check
  • Return to Social Work
  • Potential Development for a Regional Website  

To date we have representatives from Bracknell Forest, Brighton and Hove, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire/Isle of Wight, Kent, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Portsmouth, West Berks, West Sussex and Windsor and Maidenhead. These authorities have chosen to be represented by senior leaders, principal social workers or HR Partners.   

Action Required:

The network has started a piece of work to explore the potential to share and benchmark use of the Social Work Health Check, we think this could be a useful addition to help understand at an authority and regional level the views of our workforce. This could be a helpful tool in workforce development and planning, it could also produce important evidence for discussion with Ofsted and others. We are starting this process by reviewing how people have used the health check with a view to identifying the feasibility of benchmarking.  We are doing this by collecting work completed by authorities to date (e.g templates, analysis, reports etc on your use of the health check). At this stage we are interested in the processes used rather then information/data at an authority level.  

If you would like to participate in the Social Work Health Check Benchmarking please forward any templates or other relevant materials to Mark Evans (contact detials below).

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


Action research into improvement in local children’s services


Heather Wills of the LGA has written:

“I wanted to share with you the final report of the ISOS Action research into improvement in local children’s services, together with a 14-page summary which identifies the key enablers of and barriers to improvement, informed by work with councils using a range of intervention approaches and at different stages of their improvement journeys.”

Action Required:

LGA hopes that the report will act as a kind of ‘handbook’ for Lead Members for Children’s Services and other senior leaders involved with children’s services. It is intended that there will be regional sessions for people to consider its findings in the Autumn, facilitated by ISOS.  

Reminders from previous weeks


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.


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).

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

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 

Action research into improvement in local children’s services: A project undertaken by the ISOS Partnership and commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA), has sought to answer two central questions:

1. What are the key enablers of (and barriers to) improvement in local children’s services?

2. How can the system as a whole facilitate and support improvement in local children’s 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