UPDATE NO 446 26 March 2021

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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 446 26 March 2021


Data science apprenticeship launched


Alastair Lee (contact details below) writes, 

“Dear all

“The data science apprenticeship supported by the DfE (via the Data to Insight project) for children’s services analysts had its first session yesterday. We had hoped to recruit 20 for the first cohort and we achieved 39 participants from 29 LAs. Thanks to Dave Myers and Julia Yong at DfE and to our partners at Social Finance for the work to set up the programme.”

Congratulations to the Data to Insight team on a magnificent achievement.

Action Required:

Data to Insight is a national project funded by the DfE, and led and hosted in the South East by Alastair Lee and East Sussex County Council.

Read more at this Social Finance blog How can children’s services get data savvy? Apprenticeships! Eight reasons why data science apprenticeships can help local authorities to improve children’s lives

The March 2021 cohort of apprentices is now closed, but you can register for the next one, more information from the Data Science Apprenticeships webpage


Refuge and Risk Report – Life Online for Vulnerable Young People


Heather Hadfield (SEGfL, contact details below) writes,

This recent Refuge and Risk report is a very useful and interesting read. It is published by Internet Matters.OrgIt provides insight into 6,500+ UK children with some form of vulnerability, how the online world has become their lifeline. Some are to up to seven times more likely to meet particular dangers over the internet than their non-vulnerable peers.

“The full report Life Online for Vulnerable Young People can be downloaded here

Action Required:

“I am in the process of putting together a free programme of webinars around inclusion and diversity for SEGfL members, having engaged a company GEC who specialise in this area. Some of the webinars will be aimed more broadly at all LA staff who want to join and others will be for school staff. The topics are likely to be: 

“Flexible Working; Disadvantage; Inclusive Schools; Anti-Racism; Disability  

“If anyone is interested in this programme and would like to discuss how they might support its development, or benefit from its delivery, please contact me (details below). 

“Kind regards, Heather”


Launch of Supporting Families 2021-22


The DfE has announced the launch of supporting families 2021-22. The links below take you to the details

Supporting Families Programme guidance 2021 to 2022 (view a summary of the key updates here).


Action Required:

Also published is a refreshed policy narrative relating to the third iteration of the Supporting Families Programme in 2021 to 2022, and Improving families’ lives: annual report of the Troubled Families Programme 2020 to 2021


Local Data Accelerator Fund for Children and Families: Prospectus


The government has launched a £7.9m fund to support children and families through better use of local data: 

MHCLG is making available £7.9 million for data projects which improve outcomes for children and families. Local organisations are asked to bid in groups.

“The closing date for applications is 11pm on Friday 30 April 2021.” The prospectus is here.

Action Required:

Through the Data to Insight project (see elsewhere in Latest News) we have a strong interest in bidding for further funds to continue our partnership working in this area.

Please contact Alastair Lee (details below) for further discussions about what might be possible in this next round of funding.

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for Network meetings


Lead Members Group: Friday 23 April joint meeting with DCSs. More information from Alison Michalska (contact details below)

Data Benchmarking: Tuesday 13 July 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 EducationFriday 7 May 2021 – 10.30am. More information from Chris Owen (contact details below)

AD Safeguarding: Friday 11 June 2021. More information from Mark Evans (contact details below)

QA Network: More information from Diane Williamson (contact details below)

Fostering Network: 10.30am Thursday 12 April 2021. More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

SEND SE19: More information from Tracey Maytas (contact details below)


Perplexing Presentations (PP) / Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) in Children: Guidance from RCPCH


The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Child Protection Portal (RCPCH) has published new guidance which provides best practice advice for paediatricians in the medical management of PP and FII cases to obtain better outcomes for children.

Since the publication of the RCPCH guidance on Fabricated or Induced Illness by Carers (FII) in 2009, there have been significant developments in the field. The RCPCH Child Protection Companion 2013 extended the definition of FII by introducing the term Perplexing Presentations with new suggestions for management.

This new guidance provides procedures for safeguarding children who present with perplexing presentations and FII and offers practical advice for paediatricians on when and how to recognise it, how to assess risk and how to manage these types of presentations in order to obtain better outcomes for children.

Action Required:

The full guidance is available here and it helpfully defines

  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) (and its synonyms Non-organic symptoms, Functional illness, Psychosomatic symptoms);
  • Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) (and its synonyms Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy; Pediatric Condition Falsification; Medical Child Abuse; Parent-Fabricated Illness in a Child; (Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another, when there is explicit deception)); and
  • Perplexing Presentations (PP)


Slough Children First – Board Vacancies


Slough Borough Council and Slough Children’s Services Trust are relaunching the trust under the name Slough Children First and are advertising for a board chair and 3 x non-executive directors.

Action Required:

The adverts can be accessed here for chair (closing date 6 April) and here for non-executive directors (closing date 16 April). The recruitment is being managed by Nancy Scott or Elise Kanareck on 020 7426 3370 at GatenbySanderson.


Ofsted and SEND: Revisits to areas with a written statement of action will start from April 2021.


Dimitris Solomonidis writes:

Dear colleagues

We are now able to share with you the news story about the restart of Area SEND re-visits and full inspections. Thank you again for your engagement and contribution to shaping our thinking and approach on the restart. We should be grateful if you would help circulate this announcement through your existing channels, such as newsletters, blogs, websites and social media accounts.

Many thanks and best wishes, SEND policy team

Action Required:

Revisits to areas with a written statement of action will start from April 2021.

Full inspection will resume from June 2021.

Ofsted guidance for inspectors is here

Tools & Templates

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

Improving families’ lives: annual report of the Troubled Families Programme 2020 to 2021 published by DfE 26 vMarch 202

Life Online for Vulnerable Young People published by internet matters.org 26 March 2021

News story about the restart of Area SEND re-visits and full inspections published by Ofsted 19 March 2021

Perplexing Presentations and Fabricated of Induced Illness guidance published by RCPCH on 12 March 2021

Phase 7 of ADCS Safeguarding Pressures published by ADCS on 24 February 2021

Evidence summary: COVID-19 – children, young people and education settings published by DfE 22 February 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

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)