UPDATE NO 453 14 May 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 453 14 May 2021


The Innovate Project: a study to explore the prevention of child exploitation


Study to Explore the Prevention of Child Exploitation – A £1.9m project studying safeguarding risks faced by young people outside their home looking at new ways of combating threats such as sexual and criminal exploitation and gang affiliation.

The study is looking at ways to combat child criminal and sexual exploitation. The Innovate Project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and led by the University of Sussex, is exploring the work of six organisations each using one of three different frameworks for safeguarding and trauma-informed practice.

Over two years, researchers are observing meetings and practices, interview young people, parents and professionals, and examine organisational processes, systems, costs and outcomes to establish how effective frameworks are as well as note which factors lead to more innovative social care practice.

Action Required:

In 2021-22 researchers are engaging stakeholders in turning findings into policy recommendations and guidelines for good practice.

The three frameworks include:

  • Contextual safeguarding, as adopted by Devon Children’s Services and Partners and the charity Safer London
  • Trauma-informed practice at Brighter Futures for Children in Reading and North Lanarkshire Education and Families Service
  • Transitional safeguarding with the Safeguarding Adults Board for Hackney and Sheffield Children and Families Services

You can read more about the project here


Domestic Abuse Act


The Domestic Abuse Bill received Royal Assent on 29 April 2021. The Domestic Abuse Act explicitly recognises children as victims if they see, hear or experience the effects of abuse and includes a legal definition of domestic abuse which incorporates a range of abuses beyond physical violence, including emotional, coercive or controlling behaviour, and economic abuse.

Action Required:

Read the news story: Landmark Domestic Abuse Bill receives Royal Assent

Read an introduction to the work of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner

Read the Act: Domestic Abuse Act 2021


Area SEND inspections and outcomes in England as at 31 March 2021


On 7 May 2021, Ofsted published a main findings report for the area special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) inspections and outcomes in England 2021 

Since 2016, Ofsted and the CQC have carried out joint inspections of SEND arrangements in 116 of the 151 local areas across England.

Just over half (59 out of 116) of the areas inspected have been required to produce and submit a WSoA to Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI). This is an indication of significant weaknesses in the local areas’ SEND arrangements.

See also: data on SEND results and SEND re-inspection results and SEND re-inspection waiting times 

Action Required:

Further headlines:

The proportion of local areas required to produce a WSoA varies across the country. At a regional level, the proportion of local areas with a WSoA ranges from 1 in 4 in London, to more than 4 out of 5 in the East of England.

Inspection outcomes have not varied much in the last 3 years. Relatively similar proportions of local areas have been required to produce a WSoA each year, from just over half to under two thirds.

Twenty-one local areas have received a re-visit. Inspectors determined that 9 local areas were making sufficient progress in addressing all the significant weaknesses identified during their initial inspection.

The full report is here

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Friday 2 July 2021. 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 13 July 2021. More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Action Required:

AD EducationFriday 7 May 2021 – 10.30am, then Friday 18 June  – 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: Monday 7 June 2021. 2pm – 5pm. Contact Sally Hickman for MS Teams invitation

Fostering Network: 10.30am 19 July 2021. More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

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


DCS turnover analysis from ADCS


Gary Dumbarton of ADCS has produced an analysis of turnover of DCS posts in England. The report covering the year to 31 March 2021 shows that turnover slowed during the panademic, but there was still at least one change of DCS in 23% of children’s services authorities.

Action Required:

In the South East, we welcomed seven new permanent appointments in Bracknell Forest, Brighton and Hove, Medway, Oxfordshire, Southampton, Surrey and West Sussex; and an interim appointment in Slough, meaning that our turnover rate was 42% in the year to 31 March 2021.


Ofsted research review series: Science.


Ofsted published this review on 29 April 2021. It explores the literature relating to the field of science education. Its purpose is to identify factors that can contribute to high-quality school science curriculums, assessment, pedagogy and systems. Ofsted will use this understanding of subject quality to examine how science is taught in England’s schools. They will then publish a subject report to share what they have learned.

Action Required:


The performance of pupils who study science in England is significantly above the average performance of pupils in other countries. Over the past 10 years, there has been an increase in the number of pupils wanting to study science beyond age 16. However, there is emerging evidence from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), key stage 2 national sample tests and Ofsted’s own research into curriculum that suggests the picture is not an improving one for all pupils and may be deteriorating. This makes the findings of this review particularly significant, not only because it identifies features associated with high-quality science education but because it also shines a light on some of the barriers that prevent their implementation.

Tools & Templates

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

Area SEND inspections and outcomes in England as at 31 March 2021 published by Ofsted 7 May 2021

Curriculum progression: what it means to get better at science published by Ofsted 29 April 2021

Looked after children: out of area, unregulated and unregistered accommodation (England) published by the House of Commons library 13 April 2021

High needs provision capital allocations published by DfE on 9 April 2021

Clinical Review and Practice Guide for Children in Care’s Emotional/Mental Health Needs published by NHS SE 9 April 2021

It feels as though my third child doesn’t matter published by CPAG and others  7 April 2021

The road not taken: drivers of course selection published by the Social Mobility Commission 30 March 2021

UNSAFE CHILDREN – Driving up our country’s response to child sexual abuse and exploitation  published by Centre for Social Justice on 28 March 2021

Refuge and Risk Report – Life Online for Vulnerable Young People published by internet matters.org on 27 March 2021

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

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

Children’s Services Performance Manager, Convener Of SE Quality Assurance Network: Amanda Meadows (Hampshire)


03707 794752

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)