UPDATE NO 388 31 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 388 31 January 2020


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)


Child abuse in England and Wales: data to March 2019

Action Required:

For the first time ONS has compiled a range of indicators from different data sources – including the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) – to enable better understanding of the extent and circumstances of child abuse. 

Some key findings include:

  • The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimated that one in five adults experienced at least one form of child abuse (8.5 million people).
  • An estimated 3.1 million adults were victims of sexual abuse before the age of 16 years; this includes abuse by both adult and child perpetrators. 
  • It is possible to identify 227,530 child abuse offences recorded by the police in the year ending March 2019.
  • At 31 March 2019, 49,570 children in England and 4,810 children in Wales were looked after by their local authority because of experience or risk of abuse or neglect.
  • Around half of adults (52%) who experienced abuse before the age of 16 years also experienced domestic abuse later in life, compared with 13% of those who did not experience abuse before the age of 16 years.


Workforce census: Focus on vulnerable children and families paediatric workforce (2020)


The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has published a detailed report focusing on lead roles concerning safeguarding, the child death service, looked after children (LAC) and special educational needs and disability (SEND).

The press release is here; the report’s home page is here; you can download the full report here

Action Required:

RCPCH says,

Rising demand and workforce shortages are leading to vacancies in vulnerable children and families lead roles across the UK, according to research published today by RCPCH. The findings also reveal that many Trusts, Health Boards, and CCGs have yet to create roles for child deaths, Looked After Children and children with special educational needs, disability or additional learning needs.

You can download the full report here


Special educational needs and disability support: Rescuing the reforms


The House of Commons Library has published an insight briefing on special educational needs and disability support (SEND) looking at: reform following The Children and Families Act 2014; pressure on ‘high needs’ funding; and findings from two recent Education Committee reports which identified widespread problems in support for children and young people with SEND.

This has been prepared for new MPs, and is an excellent introduction to SEND.

Action Required:

The introduction says,

It is more than five years since the Coalition Government’s reforms of support for children and young people in England with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) came into effect. There is growing evidence of major strain on the system, both in funding shortfalls and ineffective implementation.

For more information about SESLIP support for SEND, please contact Tracey Maytas (details below)

Reminders from previous weeks


Access to CAMHS – EPI’s Annual Report


The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has published its Annual Report on access to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

The study examines access to specialist services, waiting times for treatment, and provision for the most vulnerable children in England.

Action Required:

The research is based on new data obtained using freedom of information (FOI) requests to mental health providers and local authorities over the course of a year. This data is not published by the NHS. The majority of lifelong mental health problems develop early on, during childhood or adolescence. The wider economic costs of mental ill health in England are vast, estimated at £105bn each year.

You can download the full report here


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 Arora Hotel Gatwick.

Action Required:

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


ASGLB Making Better Use of Data Workshop – 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) – (already held)
  • 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

Focus on: Vulnerable children and families paediatric workforce published by RCPCH 20 January 2020

Special educational needs and disability support: Rescuing the reforms published by the House of Commons Library 14 January 2020

Child Abuse in Engalnd and Wales – Data to March 2019 published by ONS 14 January 2020

Annual Report on access to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) published by EPI 10 January 2020

Pass the parcel: children posted around the care system published by the Children’s Commissioner 24 December 2019

Improving Behaviour in Schools an evidence review published 21 December 2019 by EEF

Improving data on child sexual abuse – practical guide published by the Centre for Expertise on CSA 21 December 2019

Local Authority Interactive Tool (LAIT) version 20 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

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)