UPDATE NO 229 13 January 2017

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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 229 13 January 2017


Research on Foster Care Placement Success


In December, Vania Pinto wrote asking for a volunteer authority to join Bracknell Forest, Medway and Milton Keynes as collaborators in a research study.

No-one has came forward over the holiday period, so here is the request again:  

Perspectives on assessing foster carers: A cross-country comparison of the factors that are associated with successful placements

This research (ADCS approval – ref: RGE160425) aims to achieve a deeper understanding of successful fostering, through analysing which foster carers’ attributes are associated with looked after children’s emotional, social and behavioural outcomes and potential for placement stability. It will test out standardised measures which could be useful in future for the selection and training process of foster carers. It will also look at the relationship between foster carers’ attributes and looked after children’s outcomes in England and in Portugal.



Action Required:

What are the benefits for your local authority?

Your collaboration in this research is very valuable. To start, the researcher can offer a training session about placement success to the foster carers that take part in this study. After the study is completed, the researcher will offer to spend a day in your service, with social workers and foster carers, where the main findings will be presented, and training can be provided.

In the longer term you will be contributing towards a deeper understanding of the factors associated with looked after children’s outcomes and placement stability. This study may contribute to the use of standardised questionnaires for the selection and training processes of foster carers.

What are the benefits for your foster carers?

The foster carers that decide to take part in this study will attend a training session, will receive a packet of Portuguese tea and will be entered in a draw for one of ten £50 vouchers.

If you wish to be involved in this study or if you would like to receive further information please get in touch with Vania Pinto.


Implementing change for hidden young carers


Michelle Gregory of The Children’s Society Include Programme has written to advertise

Henley Conference: Implementing change for hidden young carers

22nd February 2017, 10am – 5pm

Meadow Suite, WhiteKnights Campus, University of Reading, RG6 6UA

A conference for practitioners, directors of services and commissioners to provide updates on the current national picture for young carers, share models of effective identification and whole family support for young carers and their families. In particular the afternoon will focus on families affected by stigmatised illness and those often hidden from support.

Please forward this invitation to any relevant colleagues.


Action Required:

Delegates will hear about the current National perspective for young carers and their families, including a review of the national legislation and guidance; hearing from the Department of Health about the new Carers Strategy (due for launch early 2017) and exploring how local authorities and communities can successfully implement whole family working.

The afternoon will consist of a series of interactive ‘mini-lectures’ showcasing national and local implementation models from across England.

In order to secure your place please click on the following link


Please note that sending in a booking form does not guarantee you a place – a confirmation email will be sent to confirm your attendance with further information. All confirmations will be sent by 1st February 2017. 


Data Benchmarking Group


This week, colleagues from the Data Benchmarking Group have issued data collection sheets for

Social Care Benchmarking data collection- 2016-17 Q3

and a reminder about ALB Quarterly return Q3

Action Required:

The deadline for submission is Monday 13th February, with the report expected to be published by the 28th February. Contact details below if you have any questions.


Self Evaluation Framework 2016 – now called SE DCS Peer Challenge


This week the programme for the opening event to be held at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre on 23 January from 9.30-4.30 has been sent out, together with the handbook for the newly titled SE DCS Peer Challenge. (Previously called Self Evaluation Framework 2016). 

Action Required:

If you have not received this from Anna Wright, and you want to participate in the event on 23 January, please contact her direct Anna on 07415 099245.

Reminders from previous weeks


Topical Peer Challenge Round 9


The next Topical Peer Challenge will be a visit to Bracknell Forest on the topic on LSCB on 26 and 27 January. Alison Jeffery (Portsmouth) will lead the visiting team including Ann Domeney (Medway), Gill Rigg (Kent) and Deborah Maynard (Windsor and Maidenhead).

Action Required:

If anyone has interest in looking forward to a possible Topical Peer Challenge Round 10, with field work in Autumn/Winter 2017/18, please contact Richard Tyndall (details below).


Leadership Development


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

We are 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. Courses can also be delivered with adult services and/or for schools. Please contact Di Smith, details below, if this is of interest to you. 

Action Required:

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

SESLIP Leadership Development Prospectus

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

For further infomation on refugees and unaccompanied children visit: LGA – National or SECouncils – Regional

Local area SEND inspection outcome letters:

UKCCIS has released some key questions for Governors.

UK Safer Internet Centre checklist

Children’s Social Care 2015-16 Annual Benchmarking (Public) v2 [Excel] and 2015-16 Annual Benchmarking (Public) v2 [PDF]

Behavioural Insights Pro-forma December 2016

NEN guidance on Ransomware can be found here: http://www.nen.gov.uk/ransomware. More details can be found here : http://blog.ict4c.co.uk/education-targetted-ransomware-attacks

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