UPDATE NO 298 20 April 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 298 20 April 2018


Consultation on 2018-19 DCS Peer Challenge Arrangements


The consultation on 2018-19 DCS Peer Challenge Arrangements is now closed. A report recommending arrangements will be considered by the SESLIP Steering Group on 11 May. The membership of this group is Stuart Gallimore (DCS East Sussex) (in the chair); Alison Jeffery (DCS Portsmouth); John Coughlan (CEx Hampshire); Cllr Gareth Barnard (Lead Memebr, Bracknell Forest); Mona Seghal (Improvement Adviser, LGA).

We are currently working on the precise shape, costings, staffing support, dates and other details of the programme. There is still time to influence our thinking and contributions should be channeled through Richard Tyndall/Anna Wright (contact details below) or Stuart Gallimore/Alison Jeffery (contact details here)

Action Required:

The outline of the proposal will be as follows:

Autumn 2018: all DCSs complete and share a self-assessment that will be compatible with the Ofsted Annual Conversation template and including Benchmarking Data supplied by the SESLIP Data Benchmarking Group

Late Autumn: Training and preparation session for all participants in the Peer Challenge sessions (date and venue to be announced). Also circulation of menu of choices improvement offer (from PiP programme; LGA; DfE; SESLIP and other regional improvement groups and elsewhere)

Jan/Feb 2019: whole day Peer Challenge sessions in groups of 3 or 4 (details of groupings to be announced)

March 2019: Regional Summit to celebrate whats working well and to agree “even better if” improvement priorities and SESLI Programme for 2019-20


Data Benchmarking Group


The following reports have been uploaded to the Freely Available Reports<https://www.seslip.co.uk/data-benchmarking-group/freely-available-reports> section of the SESLIP Website:

*         (Public) 2017 CSC Workforce Benchmarking Report v1 (Excel)

*         (Public) 2017 CSC Workforce Benchmarking Report v1 (PDF)

Action Required:

Further reports containing unaudited, suppressed and other non-public information are available from the restricted reports section. Access to these pages is restricted to those who have signed the Data Sharing Protocol

For furthe rinformation please contact Alastair Lee (details below).

Reminders from previous weeks


Thursday 28 June – Save the date for UASC Conference


Please save the date of Thursday 28 June for a conference hosted by Kent County Council on the topic of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children. 

The focus of the conference is to share experiences and best practice with other Local Authorities regarding the work Kent have developed with our Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and Young People – looking at social care, fostering, health, education, accommodation, initial assessments on arrival.

Action Required:

More details will follow in due course. In the meantime please contact Rachel Calver at Kent Virtual School for more details.


Complex LAC and Edge of Care Efficiencies


Following a successful seminar on 16 March 2018 and further discussions with the DCS group, we now have 17 authorities in the region wishing to be part of the fieldwork.  Although we had some success with collecting raw data from our initial group of authorities, it was clear that there are problems categorising type of need as well as children on the edge of care.  Data on cost is more robust.  

Our further thinking is to collect sample data from each LA, developing a “toolkit” which will, as well as providing the in-depth data we need for the analysis, hopefully provide practitioners with a means to record and track their cases in a  more meaningful way.  

Action Required:

We are currently developing this approach as well as identifying lists of external residential establishments and collecting a repository of good practice and innovation which can be shared with colleagues as we proceed.  We are hoping to pilot our new approach during May with a further event for all authorities towards the end of June to launch the toolkit and start the fieldwork.

For more information, and for access to the password-protected shared documents, please contact Mark Evans or Rosemary Perry (details below)


SEND 19 – In the money!


On 9 April, DfE confirmed that the SEND19group would be receiving grant aid for its work for a further year. The sum approved is £22,916.67, which will be matched with the SESLIP contribution of £22,500. Many thanks to Portsmouth for acting as accountable body for this grant.

Action Required:

The group is sponsored by Steve Crocker (DCS, Hampshire and Isle of Wight) and supported by Tracey Maytas (contact details below). Now that funding has been confirmed, the group will, in due course, confirm its programme of activities for 2018-19.


SE DCS Peer Challenge 2018


Planning is underway for 3 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).

The 2018 MoU is now available for particpants to download, sign and return. Thanks to Bracknell Forest and Brighton and Hove 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

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

I now have a waiting list to join the team to visit Oxfordshire in July; thanks to colleagues from Brighton and Hove, Southampton, Bracknell Forest and Kent for volunteering (names to be confirmed in due course).

Contact Details

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

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


Data Benchmarking: Luke Ede (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07925 148597