UPDATE NO 281 15 December 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 281 15 December 2017


SE DCS Peer Challenge 2018


Planning is now underway for 4 Director’s Peer Challenges in 2018. The confirmed participants and dates are in bold on the accompanying chart. For more details please go to the SE ADCS Peer Challenge page. Colleagues requiring a more detailed briefing should contact Anna Wright (details below).

Action Required:

Triad Host Visitor Observer Challenge Session Date Fieldwork Date
1 Oxfordshire  Milton Keynes Portsmouth  to be arranged to be arranged
2 West Berkshire Southampton East Sussex to be arranged to be arranged
3 Hampshire Windsor and Maidenhead Brighton and Hove to be arranged to be arranged
4 West Sussex Kent Bracknell Forest  to be arranged to be arranged

Reminders from previous weeks


Modern Slavery – call for case studies


Katy Block, Policy Officer at ADCS has written

Dear Colleagues,

The LGA are planning a series of regional workshops on modern slavery in the new year.  They are looking for LAs to input real life examples on the day, more info and dates below.  I would be grateful if you could share this request with colleagues in your region, anyone interested in participating or finding out more about these events should contact Lucy Ellender at the LGA directly.

Many thanks

Action Required:

Lucy at LGA is keen to hear from councils and showcase good practice as a part of the workshop. She is still working out the exact details of how the sessions will work but it might be good if speakers can talk about what they’ve done on modern slavery in their areas. She is keen for the workshops to be interactive and get attendees thinking about how they would work in their own councils. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Lucy on 020 7664 3321.

The dates for the workshops are below. 

  • London,  Wednesday 17 January
  • Newcastle, Thursday  25 January
  • Manchester, Wednesday  31 January
  • Bristol,  Tuesday 27 February
  • Nottingham,   Wednesday 7 March


DWP Secondment opportunities: Reducing Parental Conflict – Senior Transformation Lead and Regional Transformation Leads


Senior Transformation Lead and Regional Transformation Leads

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is looking for people with the right skills and professional experience to join on secondment to help drive local transformation, embedding activities to reduce parental conflict locally and improve outcomes for children.

Ground-breaking evidence shows that children who are exposed to frequent, intense and poorly resolved conflict can experience a decline in their mental health and suffer poorer long term outcomes – and that workless families are three times more likely to experience this relationship distress.

Action Required:

This is an opportunity to play a role at the heart of the Reducing Parental Conflict programme.

For details of how to apply please email rpc.programme@dwp.gsi.gov.uk. The Senior Transformation Lead job description is available on request from DWP, the Regional Transformation Lead Job Description is here.

Should you wish to discuss either of the roles please contact Kim Webb on 0114 2098664 or Kati McHugh on 0114 2934803. Applications for the Senior Transformation Lead are open until 16 December 2017. Applications for the Regional Transformation Leads are open from 11 December 2017 until 12 January 2018.


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 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