UPDATE NO 414 31 July 2020

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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 2020-2021 can be found here.

UPDATE NO 414 31 July 2020


Future dates for Network meetings


AD Safeguarding: Friday 11 September 2020 – more information from Mark Evans (contact details below) 

Action Required:

Joint meeting of AD Education and SEND SE19: Friday 25 September 2020 – more information from Chris Owen or Tracey Maytas (contact details below)

Reminders from previous weeks


Highlighting an innovative shared approach towards child suicide prevention


The following webinar documents what has been learnt through the development of a shared approach towards tackling child suicide across HampshireIsle of WightSouthampton and Portsmouth.

We are mindful of national and regional concerns about an increase in suicide and suicidal ideation amongst children and young people (CYP), in response to both wider societal stress and domestic stresses in the current environment. Those at risk of social exclusion and isolation are particularly vulnerable at this time,” says Andrea King, Specialist Advisor, NHS Hampshire and Thames Valley Clinical Delivery and Networks.

Action Required:

“In advance of these developments CYP mental health systems leaders across Hampshire STP have been working on changes to a shared partnership response to CYP suicide prevention. We offer this learning to national systems leaders and are happy to discuss the approach to reaching agreement to implement changes if that would be of assistance.” In summary, these changes include:

  1. Introducing free suicide prevention training to the CYP multi-professional workforce
  2. Adapting the questions asked at home visit/Rapid Response following the death of a child where suicide is suspected to enable protected characteristics, risk and trigger factors to be more clearly identified; to inform both short-term support for those significant others most affected by the loss and the wider peer network; whilst also informing longer term service design and delivery
  3. Using this detail to inform Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) strategic analysis and systems learning

Access the webinar here; a briefing document is available here.


ADCS Discussion Paper


ADCS has published a discussion paper – Building a country that works for all children post COVID-19, calling for action to tackle the inequalities and vulnerabilities experienced by children affected by COVID-19.

Action Required:

It supports the principal recommendation in Health inequality in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On (The Health Foundation, 2020), namely the initiation of an ambitious, world-leading health anti-inequalities strategy.


Managing through COVID-19: the experiences of children’s social care in 15 English local authorities


You may recall that Mary Baginsky and her team at King’s College London were seeking partners for this research; colleagues from Hampshire were among the respondents. This research set out to capture the ways in which adaptations were made by UK local authorities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It has now been published by the Better Care Network

Action Required:

This report is based on the experiences of 15 local authority children’s social care (CSC) departments that volunteered to participate in the research and whose views were captured between late May and early June 2020.

Full Report (62pp) | Briefing paper (8pp). (The briefing paper is a summary of the main report.)


NFJO discussion paper: What explains marked regional variations in infant care


The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory has published a discussion paper about the reasons behind regional differences in the numbers and rates of newborns and infants in care proceedings. Factors identified, following a series of workshops with 57 local authorities in England, include: austerity and poverty; timeliness and type of pre-birth help; the availability of parent and baby placements; and relationships with maternity services.

Action Required:

The SE region had the second lowest rate per 10,000 in the last year of data (2016) and averaged over the period 2008/16 with only London have a lower rate.

Read the news story: Marked regional variations in infant care
Read the discussion paper: What explains marked regional variations in infant care proceedings (PDF)


Youth Violence Commission – Final Report


The final report outlines the economic and social cost of youth violence, with unique analysis revealing that serious youth violence has cost the UK £11bn since 2008. The Commission’s Safer Lives Survey found 50% of respondents aged 16-19 reported personally knew at least one young person who had been hospitalised by serious violence in the past five years.

To inform the recommendations in its Final Report, the Commission gathered evidence from a series of expert evidence sessions held on the Parliamentary Estate, alongside an analysis of a national survey completed by more than 2,200 young people across England, Scotland and Wales.

The Commission complemented this newly generated data with the findings of the most recent and relevant research to produce a raft of evidence-informed policy.

Action Required:

The Commission’s key recommendations centre on:

  • Substantial and long-term investment in the 18 regional Violence Reduction Units, which were established shortly after the publication of the YVC’s Interim Report in July 2018.
  • To give these units the very best chance of success, the YVC recommends a minimum of 10 years’ projected funding to enable them to pursue evidence-informed, long-term strategies for reducing serious violence.
  • Using the forthcoming reinvestment in police officer numbers to rebuild the police’s capacity to engage in vital forms of neighbourhood policing. Effective community policing enables the police to gather the intelligence needed to effectively protect young people from serious violence.
  • Immediate enhanced funding to better enable schools to support pupils by fostering inclusive educational environments that avoid the harmful practices of pupil off-rolling and exclusion.
  • Central Government should provide Local Authorities with statutory funding and a clear statutory duty for providing youth services, the levels of which should be determined by the number of young people living in each Local Authority area.

The Full Report is here


NEET and participation: local authority figures


The DfE has published the 2020 NEET and 16- and 17-year-old participation figures

Action Required:

The data shows the number and proportion of 16- and 17-year-olds recorded as in education or training in each local authority area and an estimate of the proportion and number of 16- and 17-year-olds who are recorded as NEET or whose activity is ‘not known’.


Getting the grades they’ve earned: Covid-19: the cancellation of exams and ‘calculated’ grades


The Parliamentary Education Select Committee has published this report which examines

the fairnesstransparency and accessibility of this year’s exam arrangements. As it took evidence and asked questions, these were the three guiding principles against which it scrutinised Ofqual’s and the Department’s decisions.

Action Required:

The report considers arrangements for GCSEs and A levels, as well as vocational and technical qualifications.

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan which will underpin activities in 2020-2021

Highlighting an innovative shared approach towards child suicide prevention published 17 July 2020 by NHS Wessex Senate

What explains marked regional variations in infant care – published by NFJO 16 July 2020

Youth Violence Commission – Final Report published 15 July 2020

ADCS has published a discussion paper – Building a country that works for all children post COVID-19 14 July 2020

Getting the grades they’ve earned: Covid-19: the cancellation of exams and ‘calculated’ grades – published by the Education Select Committee on 11 July 2020

2020 NEET and 16- and 17-year-old participation figures published by DfE 9 July 2020

Teenagers falling through the gaps published 7 July 2020 by the Children’s Commissioner

Main Findings: Children’s Social Care in England 2020 published 7 July 2020 by Oftsed

Research Briefing One: Child Protection, Social Distancing and Risks from COVID-19 – Birmingham University 3 July 2020

Managing through COVID-19: the experiences of children’s social care in 15 English local authorities – published 2 July 2020 by the Better Care Network  Full Report (62pp) | Briefing paper (8pp)

Coronavirus: children and young people’s mental health – new report from the Centre for Mental Health 26 June 2020

On 26 June, DfE launched a consultation on changes to the Schools Admissions Code which closes on 16 October 2020

Local authority school places scorecards 2019 published by DfE 25 June 2020

The Zero Suicide Alliance has published an interactive map of the social risk factors influencing under-50 suicide in England and a 20-minute e-learning module called Suicide Let’s Talk.

The cost of learning in lockdown: family experiences of lockdown from Child Poverty Action Group published 18 June 2020

Born into care: 1000 mothers in care proceedings in Wales from Nuffield Family Justice Observatory published 17 June 2020

Covid-19 and early intervention: Understanding the impact, preparing for recovery published by EIF 16 June 2020

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on child welfare: domestic abuse and Domestic abuse: learning from case reviews Two NSPCC briefings published 10 June 2020

EdTech Demonstrator Programme 

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)