UPDATE NO 275 03 November 2017

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 275 03 November 2017


SE DCS Peer Challenge 2018


Save the Date Wednesday 22 November. 

There will be a training and preparation session on Wednesday 22 November (10:00 – 3:30) at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre for hosts, visitors and observers who are planning to participate in the 2018 SE DCS Peer Challenge. We ask all those planning to participate in SE DCS Peer Challenge 2018 who are new to the process to save the date Wednesday 22 November. 

Action Required:

Thanks to the colleagues who have already signed up – please can others register by November 10 to help us with planning the event. The challenge sessions will take place early in 2018, and the fieldwork will follow. Please contact Anna Wright (details below) for more information on the training session. For more details of the overall programme, please go to our SE DCS Peer Challenge page.

Reminders from previous weeks


Corporate Parenting


LGA has published a Corporate Parenting Resource Pack as a resource for elected members and others.

Looking after and protecting children and young people is one of the most important jobs that councils do and when a child, for whatever reason, can’t safely stay at home, it is up to us as the local authority to step in and give them the care, support and stability that they deserve.

It features a case study from Hampshire on page 18 

Action Required:

See also “The Voice of the Child“. This study was published by the Regional Corporate Parenting Network and coordinated on their behalf by West Sussex County Council with funding from the SESLIP in 2014. 

The research explores issues around how the voice of children looked after is captured and embedded in the work of Corporate Parenting Panels. 

It explores practice within the framework of seven research questions developed with regional partners and designed to improve understanding of local practice and to support learning from each other.  


School Effectiveness


The SE ADCS will be holding a seminar on “School Effectiveness” on Friday 8 December (1.30-3.30) in Central London. DCSs and School Effectiveness lead officers are all invited. More information from Richard Tyndall (contact details below).

Action Required:

The AD Education Network meeting on 1 December will welcome Cate Duffy (DCS Slough) and Lucy Butler (DCS Oxfordshire) to a preparation session which will set the agenda for the seminar. More information from Richard Tyndall (contact details below).


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)


Heather Hadfield (contact details below) of SEGfL writes:

“I know many local authorities are trying to get their heads round GDPR. Here at SEGfL, we are collating information that will have a schools focus to help support them in the process of getting ready for compliance in May 2018. There will be a variety of resources for schools and member local authorities to use as well as staff training on offer.” 

Action Required:

In the meantime, SEGfL is hosting a briefing session in London (likely to be December) for staff supporting schools in GDPR, delivered by the lawyers Browne Jacobson. Places are limited, so if you would like to send someone along to this, please contact Heather Hadfield (details below) to reserve a place.


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

The LGA has launched a new campaign “Bright Futures – A call to properly fund the services that change children’s lives.

The campaign features a local case study Delivering children’s services differently – Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

‘Transforming the mental health services for children who have been abused’, a report which examines the extent to which Clinical Commissioning Groups in England are taking into account the particular needs of children and young people who have been abused and neglected when planning local mental health services. 

SESLIP Leadership Development Prospectus

SEND19 Calendar of Events October 17 – March 2018

SEND Inspection Preparation: Self Evaluation Framework Peer Review Guidance

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

Contact Details

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


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


07880 787007

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


07872 014083

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