UPDATE NO 400 23 April 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 400 23 April 2020


SESLIP Website – Restricted area access arrangements


The library of useful documents accessible in the SESLIP-website password-protected areas is developing apace, thanks to colleagues. We now have useful directories listing all documents available on the COVID-19, the DCS, the Quality Assurance and the CME Restricted Areas, accessible via the relevant password-protected pages.

Action Required:

Please email Isabelle Gregory (contact details below) if you would like a list of those in your authority who already have access to each SESLIP website restricted area. This request will need to come from a DCS or DCS PA.


Coronavirus and Covid-19 Response


We have created a C-19 page which has unrestricted access and another which is password-protected.

Access to both pages is in the drop-down menu from “Latest News” on the home page.

We have provided links to DfE publications, and on the restricted page, to shared information from colleagues in the South East and from other regional SLI teams. The material from the West Midlands is particularly detailed. SEND specific information is here.

Action Required:

Please can you help us populate the C-19 pages by

1. Sharing any unrestricted guidance, advice or publicity via Isabelle Gregory (contact details below)

2. Sharing any more sensitive material that should be accessible only with a password via Isabelle Gregory (contact details below)

3. Letting us know the name and details your lead contact(s) for coronavirus and covid-19 responses to whom (along with all DCSs) we will give access to the restricted page. Please pass details to Isabelle Gregory (contact details below).

We have so far issued 96 permissions to access this page across all 19 authorities.


All SESLIP meetings cancelled, postponed or moved on-line


The SESLIP team will be delivering as much usual business as possible whilst minimising social contact. In practice this means no face-to-face meetings and plenty of phone calls, conferences, video meetings and the like.

We understand that each authority will have operational priorities at the moment, and that usual SESLIP business will take a back seat. In the meantime we have created information pages for your C-19 response

Action Required:

1. We are aware that children’s service leaders are experiencing extremely challenging times, and may value support to maintain resilience so they have the personal resources to continue to respond and adapt to the changing circumstances during this crisis. We have a number of trained coaches with experience of senior management in children’s services who are happy to offer short focused coaching sessions online to assist with debriefing, problem solving, perspective taking and reflection on the current situation and help identify next steps, sessions can range from 30 to 90 minutes and can be organised within a short timescale. These would be free to users and the consultant time met from the SESLIP funds. Please contact Isabelle Gregory (isabelle@firstcareconsultancy.co.uk 07931 586784) in the first instance with your preferred time slot/dates if you would like to take up this offer

2. Similarly, there may be parts of your service that are creaking under the strain of staff redeployments/illness/self-isolation/absence etc. We have experienced and qualified consultants who are unexpectedly available to help problem solve – or even do  –  some critical tasks. We are not quite sure what sort of requests we might receive, but we are here to help and no-one will be turned away. Please contact Richard Tyndall (Richard.tyndall@richardtyndall.co.uk 07880-787007) with your requests.


Emergency Legislation enacted to Reduce Pressure on Children’s Services during CV19 Pandemic


The new rules, which come into force on 24 April will see amendments made to 10 regulations regarding children’s social care including care proceedings, foster careand adoptionarrangements. Regulations surrounding residential care including children’s homes, residential special schools and secure children’s homes will also be affected.

The amendments were laid before parliament on the 23rd April and will bypass the 21-day rule usually used to pass laws.

Sector leaders including the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, Local Government Association and Ofsted were consulted over the changes before they were laid before parliament.

The changes will remain in place until 25 September, however, they will be subject to “continuous review”.

There also likely to be further changes to relax requirements in relation to EHC plans, but these will take longer to come into force.

CYP Now Report is here

New Legislation is here

Action Required:


  • The emergency legislation will also see rules around DBS and medical checks for potential adoptive parents relaxed along with the need for adoption panels.
  • The time limit during which potential adopters must complete the first and second stages of adoption has also been scrapped in order to “provide maximum flexibility to agencies working with families and continue to progress in the adoption process”.
  • Rules around care review panels are set to be relaxed (fostering and adoption)

Foster care The use of fostering panels to assess potential foster carers and review ongoing placements will become optional “in order to help speed up the process in light of increasing demand and where places are required more urgently”.

  • New rules will also be introduced around emergency placements, allowing people not connected to a child to become temporary foster carers if someone at the child’s existing placement is at high risk from Covid-19 due to age or ill-health.
  • Short breaks for children living with parents to stay with foster carers have been increased from 17 days to 75 days.

Residential care The legislation makes significant changes to standards set out for children in residential care.

  • Regulations around the provision of care and education for children living in residential care have been relaxed, with staff advised to meet regulations “as far as reasonably practicable during the outbreak”.
  • Timeframes relating to children’s complaints have also been eased along with regulations around visits.
  • Residential settings may also invoke rules around the deprivation of a child’s liberty, forcing them to self-isolate if they show symptoms of coronavirus or are suspected of having the illness

Reminders from previous weeks

Tools & Templates

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

Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools – Guidance from EEF published 19 March 2020

Universal free school meals winning in the fight against childhood obesity published by the Nuffield Foundation on 9 March 2020

NEET statistics annual brief: 2019 published by DfE on 5 March 2020

Triennial Analysis of Serious Care reviews 2014-2017 published by DfE on 4 March 2020

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: annual report 2018 to 2019 published by DfE 4 March 2020

The Attendance Playbook: approaches to reducing chronic low attendance and the evidence that supports the different strategies published by Institute for Effective Education 3 March 2020

The state of children and young people’s health across the UK. Data and policy priorities published Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 2 March 2020

Destination Unknown: improving transitions for care leavers and young people with SEND published by the Children’s Services Development Group 28 February 2020

Profit making and risk in independent children’s social care placement providers published by LGA 27 February 2020

Adverse childhood experiences What we know, what we don’t know, and what should happen next published by Early Intervention Foundation 26 February 2020

Review of the National Leaders of Education (NLE) programme published by DfE 25 February 2020

Peep Learning Together Programme published by EEF 24 February 2020

Off-rolling in English Schools published by The House of Commons Library on 21 February 2020

Study of Early Education and Development (SEED): Financial returns to early education spending published by DfE 21 February 2020

The effects of high-quality professional development on teachers and students published by the Eduction Policy Institute 19 February 2020

What does English as an additional language really mean when it comes to Progress 8? published by FFT Education Datalab 13 February 2020

Developing and sustaining an effective local SEND system: a practical guide for councils and partners  published by LGA 13 February 2020

Multi-agency response to child sexual abuse in the family environment: joint targeted area inspections (JTAIs) published by DfE 4 February 2020

Building resilience: how local partnerships are supporting children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing published by LGA 3 February 2020

Troubled Families programme in England House of Commons Library briefing published on 26 January 2020

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 and Information Manager: Luke Ede (East Sussex)


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)