UPDATE NO 294 23 March 2018

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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 294 23 March 2018


LGA Procurement for Regional Children’s Improvement Advisers (3 posts)


Anna Wright, the curent LGA Children’s Improvement Adviser in the South East writes:

“I’m just writing to let you all know that I have decided to discontinue my work as LGA Children’s Improvement Associate from May 2018. 

“I am still doing coaching, facilitation and training across the SE so am happy to continue to support colleagues on an individual basis or through SESLIP so please get in touch if you think I can help. The LGA is currently seeking a replacement associate and I will keep the role until someone is appointed. If you know of someone who might be interested, please forward them the advert attached”

Action Required:

The LGA procurement process for a new South East CIA (and also for the same in the East and North West Regions) is fully explained here.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, 6 April 2018.

Interviews for the South East are set for 17 April in Westminster

If you would like an informal discussion about these opportunities please contact either:

  • Edwina Grant, National Children’s Improvement Adviser – 07904 111646 or
  • Richard Cooke, Children’s Services Programme Manager – 07766 356320


SE DCS Peer Challenge 2018


Planning is underway for 4 Director’s Peer Challenges in 2018. The confirmed participants and dates are in bold on the accompanying chart. Nominations are invited to join the visiting team to Oxfordshire in July, names to Richard Tyndall in the first instance please. For more details please go to the SE ADCS Peer Challenge page. Colleagues requiring a more detailed briefing should contact Anna Wright (details below).

The 2018 MoU is now available for particpants to download, sign and return. Thanks to Bracknell Forest for returning a signed MoU.

Action Required:

Triad Host Visitor Observer Challenge Session Date Fieldwork Date
1 Oxfordshire  Milton Keynes Portsmouth  to be arranged 23 & 24 July 2018
2 Wokingham Southampton East Sussex to be arranged to be arranged
3 Hampshire Windsor and Maidenhead Brighton and Hove to be arranged October 2018 tbc
4 West Sussex Kent Bracknell Forest  to be arranged October 2018 tbc

Thanks to Paul Senior (DCS Wokingham) for joining Triad 2 to cover for West Berkshire while they change DCSs 


Consultation on 2018-19 DCS Peer Challenge Arrangements


A consultation document has been published seeking views on the nature and shape of the 2018-19 DCS Peer Challenge Arrangements. These proposals arise as a response to the DfE’s Regional Alliance programme.

This consultation was discussed at the SE ADCS Branch meeting today; the closing date is the end of next week.

Action Required:

The consultation document is available here. The deadline for responses is Friday 30 March 2018, which should be sent to Richard Tyndall (details below). If you have any questions please contact Richard Tyndall or Anna Wright (details below).


Complex LAC and Edge of Care Efficiencies


This project, sponsored by Lucy Butler (DCS, Oxfordshire) was discussed and endorsed by the SE ADCS meeting this morning.

The presentation is here, and the report summarising procgress is here.

Action Required:

For further details, please contact Mark Evans or Rosemary Perry (contact details below)


Investing cost effectively in Early Interventions: Developing the children’s workforce: Friday 20th April 2018, 9:30am to 2:30pm.


Khalid Mahmood of the East Midlands SLIP writes:

I am sending this email on behalf of Pete Chilvers who coordinates the East Midlands regional group of DCSs. A working party, East Midlands regional workforce development network, of this regional group have been active in promoting collaboration among Local Authorities and creating training, qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities for children’s workforce in the region.

The East Midlands regional workforce development network is pleased to invite you to their 3rd national conference ‘Investing cost effectively in Early Interventions: Developing the children’s workforce’ due to take place at the Yew Lodge Hotel, Packington Hill, Kegworth, DE74 2DF on Friday 20th April 2018, between 9:30am and 2:30pm. 

Please note this conference is free for colleagues supporting the children’s workforce in the East Midlands region. All other participants will be charged £45+VAT.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0116 299 5942 or via email khalid.mahmood@sdsa.net.

Action Required:

The conference programme includes; keynote input, update on accreditation pathways and apprenticeships, mapping of SW knowledge and skills, networking and launch of the East Midlands workforce collaborative hub. It also provides a valuable opportunity for colleagues from around the country to share their work and ideas for the development of the wider workforce. A conference flyer is available here to download.

Please click on https://childrensworkforceconf2018.eventbrite.co.uk for registration and further details.

Reminders from previous weeks


Home Office: Trusted Relationships Fund


The Home Office has launched (on 25 February) a £13 million fund to help foster relationships between frontline professionals and young people at risk of sexual exploitation.

The Trusted Relationships Fund will invite local authorities to apply for funding to run projects aimed at fostering relationships between frontline staff and at-risk children. Through the fund, local authorities are encouraged to work with local partners to improve the way professionals, including social workers, youth workers, police and voluntary sector practitioners, work together to support vulnerable young people.

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