UPDATE NO 321 28 September 2018

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 321 28 September 2018


What Works Centre: Change Programme


Apply to become Change Programme partners with the What Works Centre

The What Works Centre invitation says:

We’re seeking local authorities and children’s services trusts to partner with us and help test two initial project proposals in our Change Programme.
The new Change Programme is about moving services closer to children and families, and funding is available for partner local authorities and children’s services trusts to work with us to test two initial projects.

One project will explore social workers being based in schools, and the other will devolve budgets to social workers to directly support families.

This focus on supporting children and families in a different and more direct way emerged from a comprehensive process of engaging with the social care sector and reviewing existing evidence.

We are looking for local authorities or children’s services trusts – either bidding on their own or in collaboration with third sector organisations – that are interested in working with us on this exciting Change Programme.

Action Required:

The application process for local authorities or children’s services trusts is now open and we’d like as many as possible to apply:

If you’re interested in responding to the call, you can find more information here: Change Programme pack: information for applicants

To apply please complete the Application Form: Change Programme Partners and email to wwccsc@nesta.org.uk by midday 31st October 2018.

If you have questions please read here: FAQs : Change Programme Projects

For futher information please email wwc-cascade@cardiff.ac.uk and we can arrange for a member of the team to contact you.

We are also hosting a webinar for potential applicants on Monday 15 October and you can register for the webinar here.


Improving Mental Health Assessments for Looked-After Children – Call for Pilot Area Volunteers


Akosua (Kos) Wireko, DfE’s Regional Improvement Lead for the South East, writes


DfE has commissioned the Anna Freud Centre to implement pilots that seek to improve the mental health assessments looked-after children receive when they enter care. The project team are now in the pilot area recruitment phase, and are looking for volunteers.

Grateful if you could share with SE LA’s.

Many thanks, Akosua Wireko (Ms)

Action Required:

More info can be found via this link and any questions can be directed at Rosie Ellis – AfC Project Manager – Rosie.Ellis@annafreud.org.  


2018-19 DCS Peer Challenge Arrangements


Congratulations to East Sussex, Surrey and Wokingham (Triad 1) who have agreed Thursday 28 February 2019 for their challenge day.

Congratulations to Kent, Reading and Portsmouth (Triad 2) who have agreed Monday 4 February 2019 for their challenge day

They join Medway, Oxfordshire and Windsor and Maidenhead (Triad 4) on Friday 15 February 2019Brighton and Hove, Buckinghamshire and West Berkshire (Triad 5) on Tuesday 26 February 2019, and Hampshire and IoWMilton Keynes and Slough (Triad 3) on Friday 15 February 2019 for theirs. Isabelle Gregory (contact details below) will be in touch to chase progress with other Traids.

Thanks to the 13 colleagues who have signed and returned their MoUs.

For more information please contact Anna Wright or Richard Tyndall (details below).

Action Required:

Detailed arrangements are under way for the peer challenge of self-assessment arrangements that will culminate in the Regional Improvement Summit on 22 March 2019 – please save this date for DCSs and Lead Members.

Also please save the date 30 November 2018 for DCSs and management team members for the regional training and preparation day. Please contact Anna Wright for more details, and Isabelle Gregory to book your places. Thanks to the 20 deleagtes from 9 authorities who have already booked places.

Thanks to 15/19  for sharing Annual Conversation letters (still missing Bracknell Forest, Medway, Reading and Surrey), and only three more self-assessemnts needed for a full set (Medway, Reading, and Surrey awaited); thanks to the other 16 for sharing.

These documents are all available from the restricted DCS-only section of the website.

For access to this page, and to supply further reports, please contact Isabelle Gregory (details below).

Reminders from previous weeks


2018-19 Q1 Social Care Benchmarking Report


The 2018-19 Q1 Social Care Benchmarking Report is now available in the ‘Restricted Reports’ section of the SESLIP Website.

Action Required:

For access to the restricted section of the website, please contact your data analyst or Alastair Lee (details below)

Tools & Templates

There have been three reports published recently on the state of financing in Children’s Services; they are:

SESLIP Leadership Development Prospectus

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:

The revised guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 was released on the 20 May 2018 and can be found here. The statutory guidance will come into force on 3 September 2018 and will replace KCSiE 2016. One key addition is a new part (part 5) on advice for schools on responding to and supporting young victims of sexual violence and harassment.

NSPCC has produced a briefing document highlighting the main changes in the new version compared to the current one. It can be found here.

Contact Details

SESLIP Consultant: Isabelle Gregory (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07931 586784

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