UPDATE NO 473 01 October 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 2021-2022 can be found here and our application to the Regional Recovery and Building Back Better Fund

UPDATE NO 473 01 October 2021


Implementing Family Hubs – free online conference 2 November 2021 9:30-15:00


The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is hosting a virtual conference on Implementing Family Hubs on 2 November 2021. 

The event will launch the pilot of the Family Hubs Implementation Toolkit: a collection of coproduced resources aimed to support Local Authorities, Health, Education and VCS teams to implement Family Hubs in their local area. 

Action Required:

The event is suitable for Leaders, commissioners, or managers from Local Authorities, Health/CCGs, Education, or Voluntary and Community Sector.

Tutors will be Dr Camilla RosanKate DalzellProfessor Peter FonagyDonna MolloyBen Lewing

You can register here


£2.3m awarded to SESLI Programme


On 1 October DfE announced a grant of £2,354,120 to SESLIP from the Regional Recovery and Building Back Better Fund. Thanks to the many contributors to our successful application.

Action Required:

The s.31 grant later has been issued to East Sussex CC. Transfers to host councils will follow receipt of completed memorandums of understanding. Project leaders should contact Richard Tyndall (details below) to discuss implementation plans.


Key messages from the SESLIP Steering Group meeting


The Steering Group met on Friday 1 October. The key messages were:

1. We are making preparations to relaunch the SE memorandum of cooperation on agency work on 1 Jan 2022, with a phased re-entry for a couple councils. As well as rates of pay, the memorandum will address conditions relating to home working and travel. More information from Mark Evans (details below).

2. Please download, sign and return the memorandum of understanding governing our regional work, including 

Action Required:

3. Congratulations to all concerned with the successful application to the Regional Recovery and Building Back Better Fund. If you missed out this time around, we are anticipating another bidding round in the spring, so if you have ideas or suggestions for projects to bid for next time, please contact one of the SESLIP consultants listed below.

4. Thank you and farewell to Rosemary Perry who is leaving the SESLIP consultant team after 10 years of support to various programmes.

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Friday 8 October 9.30- 12.30. Expert Workshop #3: Understanding adolescents and the challenges and risks faced supporting and safeguarding complex young people. More information from Alison Michalska (contact details below)

Data Benchmarking: Thursday 9 December 2021. More information from Alastair Lee (contact details below)

Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board: Tuesday 12 October 2021. More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Action Required:

AD EducationFriday 12 November – both 10.00am. More information from Chris Owen (contact details below)

AD Safeguarding: Friday 10 December 2021. More information from Mark Evans (contact details below)

QA Network: Friday 10 December 2021. 2pm – 5pm. More information from Amanda Meadows (contact details below)

Fostering Network: 10.30am Monday 4 October 2021. More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

SEND SE19: LA SEND Conversation 19 October 2021 More information from Tracey Maytas (contact details below)


Pupil premium and recovery premium


On 6 September DfE published updated guidance on pupil premium and recovery premium.

Action Required:

The new rates for pupil premium are: Primary £1,345; Secondary £995; Children in care (including adopted and left care) £2,345.

The rates for recovery premium are: Mainstream £145; Special Unit £290; with a ‘floor’ payment of £2,000 per primary and £6,000 per secondary school.


Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: health needs assessment


On 9 September DHSC published a health needs assessment for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), their carers and families, and those at risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancies.

Action Required:

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) refers to the range of neurodevelopmental problems caused by pre-natal exposure to alcohol.

This FASD health needs assessment provides an accessible and objective information resource on FASD, for use at national and local level and those with a personal or professional interest in the issue.

The guidance is here.


Child sexual abuse: Child House


On 13 September DfE published guidance on the Child House model of support for children and young people affected by sexual abuse.

Action Required:

A Child House is a multiagency service model supporting children, young people and non-abusing parents and carers following child sexual abuse. The Home Office, NHS England (London), the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), and the Department for Education have provided funding to the Lighthouse – a national proof of concept pilot of the Child House model in north-central London.

The guidance document is here.


Social Work England – consultation response on proposed increase to CPD requirements from one to two


In September 2021 Social Work England published the CPD consultation responsesRespondents generally approved of the proposed increase to the required amount of CPD to 2 pieces recorded per year. The average approval rating was 3.32 (max 5).

Action Required:

SWE explored this further at consultation events, where most attendees felt the increase was reasonable. This was echoed by ADCS; of those who disagreed, many did so because they thought it was too small an increase.

SWE will increase the CPD requirement to 2 pieces per year from 1 December 2021, and encourage social workers to record CPD once a quarter as good practice.

The full report is here.


SESLIP Memorandum of Understanding 2021-2022


The Memorandum of Understanding which underpins our regional work has been revised and updated to reflect the requirements of the DfE’s Regional Recovery and Building Back Better Fund.

Action Required:

We are now asking each partner to arrange for the Memorandum pdf version or word version to be signed and returned to us, after which they will be posted here. Thanks to East Sussex, Portsmouth and Windsor and Maidenhead for returning theirs.

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan which will underpin activities in 2021-2022 and made an application to the Regional Recovery and Building Back Better Fund

Guidance on the Child House model of support published by DfE on 13 September 2021 

Health needs assessment for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) published by DHSC on 9 September 2021

Proposed CPD increase consultation response published by Social Work England on 3 September 2021

School-led tutoring grant published by DfE on 2 September 2021

Guidance on the trial to extend powers of the SEND tribunal published by DfE on 1 September 2021 

National Adoption Strategy published by DfE on 26 July 2021

Tackling violence against women and girls strategy published by DfE on 21 July 2021

Strengthening Home Education published by the House of Commons Education Select Committee on 21 July 2021

National funding formula tables for schools and high needs: 2022 to 2023 published by DfE 19 July 2021

KCSIE 2021 published by DfE 6 July 2021 and NSPCC CASPAR Briefing explaining the changes

Initial teacher training (ITT) market review consultation by DfE which closes on 22 August 2021, launched 5 July 2021

System conditions and welfare inequalities in children’s services published by Nuffield Foundation on 30 June 2021

Behaviour management strategies, in-school units and managed moves – DfE consultation published 29 June closes 10 August 2021

Fostering the future – Helping local authorities to fulfil their legal duties published by Social market Foindation 25 June 2021

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)