UPDATE NO 440 12 February 2021

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 440 12 February 2021


Take Your Place – the future leaders programme for the South East


New dates announced for Take Your Place courses delivered in association with The Staff College this spring and summer

Please download the flyer here 

Further information from Mark Evans (contact details below)

Action Required:

  • Women in Leadership 24 and 25 March

The Women in Leadership Programme is designed to create a safe space for women to connect, share their experiences and learn how to strive and thrive in their own work places. There are some key issues that affects every woman along the path of her career. The Programme helps to address some of the issues that affect all females by providing a forum that considers the unique challenges women encounter

  • Black and Asian Leaders 23 and 24 June 

This programme aims to: Provide strategies to help participants overcome barriers and enhance their skills to be able to thrive as Black global majority leaders; Renew self and group confidence, which is often depleted by every day racism; Enable participants to learn about and try out for themselves different leadership approaches and understand how these relate to their own values and principles; Ensure participants develop their own personal learning plan in order to help them progress in their careers.


DfE launches CSC Regulations public consultation


The CSC Regulations public consultation has been launched and can be found at Changes to the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 – Department for Education – Citizen Space.

The DfE is holding three events on 15, 16 and 17 February to provide more information about the consultation and to answer any questions the sector may have and would be grateful if you can sign post and encourage stakeholders to attend. To sign up for one of the events attendees will need to visit here

Action Required:

Request for help gathering the views of children and young people. Lisa Thom (Children’s Social Care – Covid Recovery Unit) writes:

“We hope to capture the views of children and young people and I understand for the last consultation we did something in this space and had a great response, with over 50 children and young people participating from four local authorities. Would it be possible if we can facilitate this again through volunteer LAs?”

If you would like to offer help facilitating responses from children and young people in your area, please contact Lisa Thom or Dave Myers at DfE.


LGA Webinar: Local authority youth services Wednesday 24 February 2021, 2.00pm – 4.30pm


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on the lives of children and young people. Youth services have pivoted and mobilised to support vulnerable children and families in their community.

Youth workers across the country work closely with partners such as the National Citizen Service (NCS), Barnardo’s and the National Youth Agency’s (NYA) youth worker guidance has brought vital clarity to the sector.

There are a range of youth service models across local authorities; this webinar will provide the opportunity for local authority youth services and family services to come together and reflect on the last year, share their experiences and good practice and hear from a range of partners. There will also be an update from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

More details here

Action Required:

Confirmed speakers:

  • Paul Schofield, Head of Policy – Local Youth Services, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
  • Amanda Naylor, Head of Partnerships, Barnardo’s
  • Amanda Best, Chief Operations Officers (Acting) National Citizen Service (NCS)
  • Leigh Middleton, Chief Executive, National Youth Agency (NYA)
  • Cllr Teresa Heritage, Vice-Chair LGA Children and Young People’s Board, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Hertfordshire County Council (Chair)

This is a virtual webinar, book here

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for Network meetings


Lead Members Group:  10.00am Friday 5 March 2021, “Your role as Corporate Parents in delivering excellence for Care Leavers“, presented by Mark Riddell MBE. More information from Alison Michalska (contact details below)

Data Benchmarking: Thursday 11 March 2021. More information from Alastair Lee (contact details below)

Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board: Tuesday 20 April 2021. More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Action Required:

AD Education: Friday 12 March 2021 – 10.30am. More information from Chris Owen (contact details below)

AD Safeguarding: Friday 12 March 2021. More information from Mark Evans (contact details below)

QA Network: Wednesday 10 March 2021. More information from Diane Williamson (contact details below)

Fostering Network: 10.30am Thursday 12 April 2021. The group met on 28 Jan and discussed vaccination for foster carers; protocols for covid+ve or symptomatic children; impact of court and medical delays on fostering. More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

SEND SE19: DfE SEND Regional Update 12.30pm Wednesday 24 February 2021. More information from Tracey Maytas (contact details below)


Mental Health at Work – Our Frontline


You support us, we support you

Our Frontline is a partnership between ShoutSamaritansMindHospice UK and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of CambridgeFind out more about them here, join them on their social channels below, and see some of the latest real-life stories from Our Frontline.

Twitter or Instagram or Facebook or Linkedin

Action Required:

There are tailored support pages for staff working in schoolsand staff working in social careAlso for social care workers, to talk by text, text FRONTLINE to 85258 any time. To talk by phone, call 0300 131 7000 from 7am to 11pm if you’re in England.

Other specialist help is available at: Get support if you work in healthGet support if you work in the emergency servicesGet support if you’re any other essential worker.


NHS (E) and NIROMP: South East Community of Practice – Children in Care


Andrea King (contact details below, of NHS South East) and NIROMP are delighted to share with you the details for their ‘South East Community of Practice – Children in Care’ webinar, which will take place on 16 April 2021, 9.30-11.30.

The purpose of the event is to provide a safe space for IROs to talk together with CYP Mental Health Clinical Leaders to further develop and improve statutory care planning, and consider how the timeliness and reliability of notifications to OOA social care and CAMHs services might be improved.

Action Required:

An event flyer is here

We will be joined by colleagues from Local Authorities, Nuffield Family Justice Observatory and CORC, who will be sharing updates and facilitating areas for discussion.

An event outline and programme is here

Register your place via Eventbrite: Click here to Join the Community of Practice event on 16 April 2021

Please contact Jenny Harris from Brighton & Hove City Council regards any queries related to joining instructions or cancellations.


Supporting Career Progression for Teachers from Minority Ethnic Groups


Sufian Sadiq, Director of Teaching School, Chiltern Learning Trust, in Impact, the Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching, writes,

“For the past five years, Chiltern TSA has been running ‘BAME into Leadership’, a programme that seeks to support teachers from minority ethnic backgrounds to develop the skills and knowledge needed to progress in their teaching careers.”

Action Required:

“Funded by the DfE and now in its fifth year, the course runs from the autumn to the summer term and is open to all levels of leadership, from NQTs to aspiring headteachers. Aspiring leaders apply to the programme and we take 25 to 30 participants to ensure that we can offer close attention to each individual member. The programme involves 12 practical sessions” 

Read more about the BAME into Leadership programme here

Tools & Templates

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

Social Work in England: First Reflections published by Social Work England on 20 January 2021

Restricting attendance during the national lockdown: schools Guidance for all schools in England January 2021 published by DfE 7 January 2021

Learning from the Partners in Practice Programme Review: Practice Briefing (2020) published by RiP 31 December 2020

Children looked after in England including adoptions published by DfE 18 December 2020

IntegratED Annual Report 2020 published 18 December 2020

COVID-19: mental health and wellbeing surveillance report – Chapter 7 CYP published by Public Health England on 17 December 2020

Ofsted COVID-19 series of briefings published on 15 December 2020

Careless: Helping to improve council services to children in care published by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman 10 December 2020

A systematic review of early years degrees and employment pathways published by EPI on 10 December 2020

Unlocking the facts: young people referred to secure children’s homes published by WWCSC on 8 December 2020

Speak for Change published by the Oracy APPG on 1 December 2020

Applying behavioural insights to increase female students’ uptake of STEM subjects at A level  published by DfE on 26 Novemebr 2020

School and college staff wellbeing: report published by DfE on 26 November 2020

Anne Longfield: My vision for a better care system You Tube speech on 24 November 2020

Introducing the changing face of early childhood series published by Nuffield Foundation 16 November 2020

Children Missing Education published by LGA on 16 November 2020

COVID-19: mental health and wellbeing surveillance report published by PHE, updated on 12 November 2020 (see Ch7: Children and Young People)

Fostering in England 2019 to 2020: main findings published by Ofsted 12 November 2020

The children who no-one knows what to do with published by the Children’s Commissioner on 11 November 2020

Changes to statutory induction for teachers during national roll-out (formerly NQT) published by the DfE 4 November 2020

Evaluation of the Family Safeguarding Model 2020 published by the DfE 4 November 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)