UPDATE NO 382 13 December 2019

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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 (details below). 

Our Regional Improvement Plan for 2019-20 can be found here.

UPDATE NO 382 13 December 2019


Who’s Left 2019, part one: The disadvantage gap is bigger than we thought


Fischer Family Trust Education Data Lab have published Who’s Left 2019, part one:

“For the cohort who sat their GCSEs in the summer of 2018, fewer than half – 47.0% – of disadvantaged pupils in mainstream schools achieved a grade 4 or above in English and maths, compared to 72.6% of non-disadvantaged pupils.

“But we think the real disadvantage gap is bigger than this.”

Action Required:

The report goes on to analyse school performance taking into account KS4 “off-rolling”. 

“… we estimate that 6,700-9,200 of [the year 11 cohort] pupils remained in England and yet either did not count in school league tables or else took no qualifications …”


AD Safeguarding Network – reports from 6 December meeting


The AD Safeguarding Network held its joint meeting with their East of England couterparts on the 6 December 2019

Ofsted – The group were broadly positive about the experience of the new style Ofsted approach with a much clearer focus on outcomes and practice. There was also discussion of how SEND inspection can reach parts of local authorities that tend to have less recent experience of inspection processes.

High Cost Complex LAC – The meeting heard an update on the SE Complex LAC project and about various LA initiatives to manage the increasing challenge in finding suitable placements. Herts and Norfolk reported that they have plans to develop new in-house provision. Herts also described an innovative use of short breaks legislation to meet the needs of young people on the edge of care (two units – one offering short breaks over weekends and the other offering up to 6 weeks of care (both using Section 17 rather than Section 20 of the Children Act). 

MoC – Colleagues from East of England attributed the success of their MoC to a combination of commitment and flexibility. They acknowledged that it is not perfect but are confident that it does deliver real savings. It is based on transparency and flexibility (i.e LAs are upfront about doing going outside the MoC and try hard to time limit – though this can be difficult to achieve).

Action Required:

National Assessment and Accreditation System – West Berks and Essex talked about their experience of NAAS. This was broadly positive with the assessment centres working well, with staff initially finding some of the roleplay daunting, but quickly adjusting to working with actors. Frontline practitioners have found the process more straightforward than those in management and further from day to day interactions with service users. Essex are targeting getting 25% of their workforce through the process by February, whilst West Berks are working towards 30%. West Berks are offering a financial incentive (£400), whilst Essex are not. West Berks have experienced some delays due to the capacity of the local assessment centre. The was uncertainty about the government’s commitment to making the process mandatory for SWs in the foreseeable future. 

LGA Return to Social Work Programme – The LGA will be re-launching the Return to Social Work programme in January 2020. It is designed to support councils to recruit social workers who have taken a break from work, this national scheme will provide free, high-quality training to 200 former social workers to enable them to return to the profession.

The next meeting of the AD Safeguarding Network will be on 6 March 2020.


Practice Guidance: Placements in unregistered children’s homes


President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has issued new practice guidance to explain the registration and regulation structure applicable in England and, separately, in Wales for residential care facilities for children and young people.

Action Required:

The Guidance requires the court to monitor the progress of the application for registration and, if registration is not achieved, to review its continued approval of the child’s placement in an unregistered unit.


National SEND Employment Conference – Thursday 27 February 2020 – Leeds


Supported internships are low cost high impact programmes that are changing lives for people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Nationally only 5.8% of those with a learning disability achieve paid employment. Successful supported internships can achieve a 60% + employment rate.

The conference will equip delegates with the knowledge and tools to set up and run supported internships by hearing from some of the best schemes in the country.

Action Required:

The National SEND Employment Forum is a group of representatives from employers, local authorities, central government, charities, education and supported internship providers.

For further details click here and to book your free ticket click here. You can email the organiser here.


Public Health England and Relationship Sex Health Education


Public Health England attended the most recent meeting of the ADCS Educational Achievement Policy Committee to provide an update on readiness for the new SRE and health curriculum becoming operational in 2020, the presentation, attached, includes a summary of strengths and challenges in local and regional areas.

Action Required:

Compulsory from Sept 2020:

  • Relationships Education for primary aged children, state and independent
  • Relationships and sex education for secondary age children, state and independent
  • Health education in all state funded schools (PSHE already statutory in independent schools that are not academies)

Existing legislation and SRE guidance (2000) continue to apply, preparation should begin now.


Child Safeguarding National Review Panel


Mark Gurrey, a member of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, attended the most recent meeting of the ADCS Families, Communities and Young People Policy Committee to provide an update on the work of the national panel.  

His presentation is here.


Action Required:

The panel’s first national review on criminal exploitation is awaiting publication, the second review on SUDI, particularly in cases with co-sleeping and neglect, has begun and the third is currently being scoped out, this will focus on physical abuse involving under 1s with a particular focus on hidden or invisible men.

The latest triennial review of SCRs (2014 – 2017) is expected in the new year alongside some other resources from the national panel, including an annual report and a ‘patterns in practice’ analysis of the notifications the panel have received

Reminders from previous weeks


Judicial Appeal in Relation to the use of Secure Accommodation


In B (Secure Accommodation Order), Re (Rev 1)[2019] EWCA Civ 2025 Lord Justice Baker allowed an appeal by an unnamed local authority against HHJ Hayes’s refusal of its application for a secure accommodation order under s.25 of the Children Act 1989 for ‘B’.

“The context in which this appeal is being considered is what can fairly be described as the crisis in the provision of secure accommodation in England and Wales,” Baker LJ said.

More information is available here

Action Required:

The Court of Appeal judge said the case raised four important and overlapping questions on the interpretation of s.25:

  • What is the meaning of “secure accommodation” in s.25?
  • What are the relevant criteria for making a secure accommodation order under s.25?
  • What part does the evaluation of welfare play in the court’s decision?
  • When considering an application for an order under s.25, is the court obliged, under Articles 5 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, to carry out an evaluation of proportionality?


ASGLB Making Better Use of Data Workshops


The ASGLB is undertaking a review of whether we are making good use of all the data that is already collected in relation to children in care, and in particular with respect to special guardianship and adoption.

To provide a framework for the review, they have drafted a Data Model to provide a structure for their thinking. This is intended to address both adoption and special guardianship with respect to children who are taken into care. This Model is split into three themes:

  1. Permanency Planning – are appropriate permanence plans for children in place in a timely manner?
  2. Securing Permanency – is permanency achieved for a child without unnecessary delay?
  3. Maintaining Permanency – once permanency is achieved, are we maintaining it so that children are able to thrive?

Action Required:

As part of this review ASGLB are running three workshops which will be held at Coram Campus, London WC1N 1AZ on:

  • 18 December 2019 (Permanency Planning) – book here
  • 31 January 2020 (Securing Permanency) – book here
  • 14 February 2020 (Maintaining Permanency) – book here

The ASGLB want these workshops to be attended by people who can help them define the Data model as well as those who are familiar with the data currently. For more information follow the links provided above.


AD Education Network – next meeting Friday 24 January 2020. Please note the change of date.


The next meeting of the AD Education Network will be on Friday 24th January 2020 – 10.30-12.30.

For more details of this meeting and the AD Education Network activity please click here or contact Chris Owen (details below).

Action Required:

The following dates have also been fixed: 

  • 6 March 2020 – Joint meeting with SEND Network with a focus on the inclusion and achievement of vulnerable learners at SEN support
  • 5 June 2020                
  • 25 September 2020


Complex LAC Project – Hold the date Friday 17 January 2020


The Complex LAC Project is reaching an important stage and we will be holding an event in Central London on Friday 17 January 2020. There will be two parts to the day: 

Part 1 9.30-13.30 – DCS and Chief Financial Officers session – We would like to invite a representative group of Directors and Senior Finance Officers to join with the Complex LAC steering group (which includes chief executives from provider umbrella organisations ICHA and NAFP) to a meeting to explore the business case and potential options for more collaborative commissioning across the region. The meeting will explore opportunities for how we could gain better value for the £200+million spent annually purchasing and providing the most expensive looked after children placements.

If you would like to attend this session please contact Mark Evans (details below).

Action Required:

Part 2 14.00-17.00 – Premiere of the South East Looked After Children Film – As part of the Complex LAC Project we have worked in partnership with The Care Leaders to co-produce a film in which 19 young people from 5 SE authorities have been working together to highlight the perspectives of children who have experienced care. Collectively they have planned, interviewed and directed films to provide those who provide care with motivational media that highlight their experience with a view to identifying how we can improve placements and support for young people. This part of the day is open to Lead Members for Children’s Services, Directors of Children’s ServicesSenior Leaders for Looked After Children’s ServicesFoster CarersResidential WorkersCommissioners and others who are committed to improving services for young people.  Ticketing will be via the Eventbrite platform.

If you would like more information ahead of the Eventbrite notification please contact Mark Evans (details below).

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan which will underpin activities in 2019-20.

Looked After Children Statistics 2018/19 published 5 December 2019

Estimating the size of disadvantage gap, taking into account KS4 off-rolling published by FFT 5 December 2019

England’s PISA 2018 results, with an international comparison of reading, maths and science performance of 15-year-old pupils published 3 December 2019

Initial teacher training: trainee number census 2019 to 2020 published 28 November 2019

Further Education, Apprenticeships and Skills 2018-19 published 28 November 2019

ADCS 2019 Elective Home Education Survey published 19 November 2019

Practice Guidance: Placements in unregistered children’s homes in England published by the President of the Family Division 13 November 2019

The NSPCC had published an evaluation of Together for Childhood 8 November 2019

Learning from the Safeguarding Early Adopter Programme was published by NCB on 8 November 2019

Further Education Pathways – securing a successful and healthy life after education published by EPI on 7 November 2019

DfE Children in Need and Children Subject to Child Protection Plans Statistics published 7 November 2019

Condition Improvement Fund: Information for academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan Voluntary Aided (VA) schools updated 4 November 2019

Social care questionnaires 2019: what children and young people told Ofsted published 1 November 2019

PE and sport premium for primary schools updated 1 November 2019

Use of children’s social care data at the local and regional area level published by Nuffield Family Justice Observatory 1 November 2019

DfE Children in Need and Children Subject to Child Protection Plans Statistics published 31 October 2019

Early years funding benchmarking tool updated 31 October 2019

Public Health England has published a summary report and outputs from a review of evidence for universal approaches to improving children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Published 30 October 2019

Independent evaluation of EYFS Profile pilot of the reforms published by the EEF on 24 October 2019.

Back to School? Breaking the link between school exclusions and knife crime APPG on Knife Crime report published 24 October 2019

The use of Facebook in social work practice with children and families: exploring complexity in an emerging practice Authors:  &  Published 22 October 2019

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:

Contact Details

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


07925 148597

LGA Children’s Improvement Adviser: Helen Watson (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07810 011892

Education Network: Chris Owen (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07825 862330

SESLIP Education Data Group Lead: Daryl Perilli (Brighton and Hove)


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


07872 014083

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


07931 586784

CSC Workforce, PSW and AD Safeguarding Network Lead: Mark Evans (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07803 147072

Adoption; Fostering; Kinship and Early Help Regional Networks: Rebecca Eligon (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07944 996219

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


07880 787007

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