UPDATE NO 419 04 September 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 2020-2021 can be found here.

UPDATE NO 419 04 September 2020


A Perfect Storm: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on domestic abuse survivors and the services supporting them


Domestic abuse has worsened during Covid-19 and frontline services expect rising demand – Women’s Aid report published 18 August

The report shows how domestic abuse has worsened during the Covid-19 pandemicIt examines the impact on survivors; how abusers use the pandemic as a tool of abuse; and how the services supporting survivors are affected.

Read the full report here

Action Required:

Sarah Davidge Women’s Aid Research and Evaluation manager said: 

Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic did not cause domestic abuse, it has created a perfect storm of challenges for survivors and the services supporting them. The Covid-19 virus, and lockdown measures designed to fight it, gave perpetrators a tool that they quickly learnt to use for coercion, manipulation and to induce fear. This in turn exposed survivors to worsening domestic abuse, whilst restricting their access to support. At the same time, the pandemic created challenges for the specialist domestic abuse support sector in providing life-saving support, including lost income, staff shortages and additional costs of remote working.”


NSPCC – How Safe are our Children? 2020


Since 2013, our annual How safe are our children? report has compiled and analysed data from across the UK to show the current child protection landscape. In 2020, for the first time, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) took on this task.

We took this opportunity to refocus our annual report. This year we’ve looked in more detail at statistics relating to abuse perpetrated against adolescents. We’ve also included an overview of emerging data on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the safety of children and young people in the UK.

Action Required:

NSPCC say their 2020 report found:


  • rates of police recorded physical, sexual and online abuse offences against adolescents are higher than rates against younger children
  • rates of adolescents in care are higher than rates for younger children, with the exception in some nations of infants under the age of one
  • rates of adolescents subject to a child protection plan or on a child protection register are lower than rates for younger children
  • many of the risk factors associated with abuse and neglect have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, while the support services that would traditionally identify and respond to these concerns have been unable to see many of the children and families they work with face-to-face.

Download How safe are our children? 2020 (PDF)


DfE High Needs Benchmarking Tool


DfE high needs benchmarking tool – A comparative tool to help local authorities plan for future high needs spend and provision. Information about high needs funding and the review and planning role of local authorities is in the high needs funding operational guide.

Action Required:

Local authorities can use this tool to periodically assess their own level of need, spend and pattern of provision against:

  • those of neighbouring local authorities (both geographically and statistically)
  • national trends

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for Network meetings


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

QA Network: Thursday 17 September 2020 – more information from Diane Williamson (contact details below)

Action Required:

Data Benchmarking: Tuesday 15 September 2020 – more information from Alastair Lee (contact details below)

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

Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board: Tuesday 20 October 2020 – more information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)


Data to Insight – National Project – August 2020 Briefing


Data to Insight is a national sector led improvement project delivered through the South East Sector Led Improvement Programme (SESLIP), sponsored by Stuart Gallimore, with East Sussex as the lead local authority.

Our aim is to get local authorities to use data better by enabling resources to be shared that were developed for visualisation, analysis, benchmarking and forecasting. 

The project has been funded by the DfE and a progress briefing is available here

Action Required:

The work programme of the project is overseen by a partnership between SESLIP (Alastair Lee), the London Borough of Waltham Forest (Rashid Jussa), the London Borough of Wandsworth (Jean Malo), Brighton and Hove City Council (Daryl Perilli), Ofsted (Adam King) and Social Finance (Tom Rintoul).

A project manager, Alistair Herbert will take up post on 1 September 2020.

For further deatils, contact Alastair Lee (details below)

Tools & Templates

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

High needs benchmarking tool published by DfE 25 August

A Perfect Storm: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on domestic abuse survivors and the services supporting them published by Women’s Aid 18 August 2020

How Safe are our Children? 2020 published by NSPCC 17 August 2020

Promoting the Retention, Mental Health, and Wellbeing of Child and Family Social Workers: A Systematic Review of Workforce Interventions published by What Works Centre 7 August 2020

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing published by DfE 4 August 2020

Children’s services omnibus – Wave 5 published by DfE 3 August 2020

Social Worker Fast Track Programmes Review – published by the DfE 21 July 2020

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

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)