UPDATE NO 385 10 January 2020

Newsletters 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 […]

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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 385 10 January 2020


Developing Models of Social Work Project – Hold the Date Monday 8 June 2020


The Developing Models of Social Work Summer Conference will be held on Monday 8 June at the Aurora Hotel Gatwick.

Action Required:

More details of this project can be found here, or from Diane Williamson (contact details below)


Recent DfE publications

Action Required:

3. Local authority interactive tool (LAIT), an interactive spreadsheet for comparing data about children and young people across all local authorities in England. Published 20 December 2019

4. Widening Participation in Higher Education, England, 2017/18 age cohort – Official Statistics published 17 December 2019

Reminders from previous weeks


Complex LAC Project – Friday 17 January 2020 – **Change to the afternoon programme**


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 One 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 Two 14.00-15.30 – SE Looked After Children Film – We have had to change arrangements for the second part of the day as the venue we originally planned to use is not available. We will still have a preview of the film for Directors and other in attendance at the meeting on the 17th January, but will not be opening up the event to a wider audience as originally planned. This session will include an introduction by Luke Rogers of the Care Leaders and question/answers session. The meeting will take place at the same venue as the main meeting (Broadway House). We will be arranging a screening of the film for the young people who participated and others later in the year. 


Digital Early Help Data Discovery


Alastair Lee (contact details below) writes

Dear Colleagues

Digital Early Help Data Discovery is a MHCLG funded project which complements the work the SE data network has done on benchmarking early help indicators and takes it a step forward by focusing on what information managers need to support their early help services. 

Please can you invite colleagues with an interest in this area to contact Dalia Zileviciute at Social Finance to find out more.

Action Required:

Dalia has supplied a one-pager introduction to the project, which is available here.

Colleagues will notice that West Berkshire is one of the three councils supporting this project.

For more information please contact Dalia Zileviciute at Social Finance 020 3963 5151


Developing Quality Assurance Capacity – 11 February


The next meeting of the QA leads will be held on 11 February at the LGA offices in London.  By the end of the meeting the group plans to have a proposal for the agreed common components of a Quality Assurance Framework to be shared with the DCS group.  The group will also start work on developing a shared understanding of “good practice” and what good quality assurance looks like.

Action Required:

A restricted area is being set up on the SESLIP website so that authorities can share Quality Assurance Frameworks, practice standards and audit processes and tools.

For more details of the Developing Quality Assurance Capacity project please contact Diane Williamson (details below)


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


ASGLB Making Better Use of Data Workshops – 31 January and 14 February


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. 

Action Required:

  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?

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) – (already held)
  • 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.

Tools & Templates

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

Local Authority Interactive Tool (LAIT) updated 20 December 2019

Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) 2020-21 published 19 December 2019

Widening Participation in Higher Education, England, 2017/18 age cohort – Official Statistics published 17 December 2019

Expenditure by Local Authorities and Schools on Education, Children’s and Young People’s Services in England, 2018-19 published 13 December 2019

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

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)