UPDATE NO 478 05 November 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 (October 2021) can be found here

UPDATE NO 478 05 November 2021


Black and Asian Leadership Initiative (BALI) January 2022


As part of the Take Your Place future leadership programme, we are promoting The Staff College’s Black and Asian Leadership Initiative course being offered virtually on 27, 28 January and 4 May 2022. Places for staff from SESLIP members are funded via the SESLI Programme.

Action Required:

More information on this link.

To book your place, or for further discussion, please contact Mark Evans (details below) by the 12 November.


SESLIP Special Guardianship conference – Tuesday 30 November 1-4pm interactive and online


This is an interactive online 3 hour conference open to all working on Special Guardianship in the 19 local authorities in the South East. It will be held 1-4pm Tuesday November 30 2021, online event register here, for social workers, managers and anyone else with an interest or seeking to build their experience in Special Guardianship.

Any questions please contact Rebecca Eligon (details below)

Action Required:

Hear from Lucy Peake, the Chief Executive of national charity Kinship on the trends being observed nationally on Special Guardianship and the national task and finish group focusing on SG as well as the implications and relevance of the Care Review to Special Guardianship
Understand the Special Guardianship audit tool developed by the national Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board (which can be applied to your LA to assess the quality of practice). There is also an offer of free coaching support to apply the tool after the conference.
Hear from Special Guardians, other LAs in the South East about their practice models (both the strengths and challenges) and tell us what you would like to see in a SG training programme for South East LAs that will be running in the new year

Register for the free event here


CMA social care market study interim report


On 22 October, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its interim report of the market study into children’s social care provision

The interim report sets out the initial findings and seeks views on our analysis of market outcomes, emerging conclusions on potential drivers of poor outcomes and early stage thinking on possible recommendations.

Action Required:

The CMA is inviting views on the interim report, please email written submissions to children@cma.gov.uk by 12 November 2021.

Click to access the report (html); report (pdf); appendicies (html); appendices (pdf).


Tackling child exploitation learning and events programme


The Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Programme has launched a series of free online learning events focused on child exploitation and extra-familial harm. The events are designed for strategic leaders and senior managers across the multi-agency partnership.

Action Required:

The next events are:




ALL IN: FORMING CONSTRUCTIVE COALITIONS 9 December 2021, 11:00am – 1:00pm


HoC Library Research Briefing: Support for Care Leavers


On 20 October 2021, the House of Commons Library published a research briefing paper: Support for Care Leavers.This paper provides an overview of the UK Government’s policies to support care leavers in key areas

Action Required:

The DfE’s Keep on Caring noted that care leavers generally experience worse outcomes than their peers across a number of indicators. The National Audit Office’s Care leavers’ transition to adulthood (2015) identified poorer life outcomes as a “longstanding problem” and one whose “public cost […] is likely to be high”, giving rise to additional costs in mental health, employment, education, policing and justice services.

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Friday 3 December – Joint meeting with DCSs. 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: More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Action Required:

AD EducationFriday 12 November – 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: ***NEW DATE*** Thursday 6 January 2022. 2pm – 5pm. The meeting will consider performance of health and dental assessments for Children looked after. More information from Amanda Meadows (contact details below)

Fostering Network: More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

SEND SE19: LA and Health SEND Conversation 30 November 2021 More information from Tracey Maytas (contact details below)


Political leadership of effective Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) systems. 10 Nov 2021 1.30pm to 4.00pm.


LGA online workshop for Lead Members of Children’s Services, Scrutiny Chairs and other political influencers who shape the leadership of SEND.

This session will build on and complement the Leadership Essentials course for Children’s Services and provides an opportunity to focus in more depth on political leadership of the SEND agenda.

The event will explore a range of challenges in relation to improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND and their families including strategic leadership, effective partnerships and understanding what makes a SEND system effective. There will be opportunities to hear from councils that have demonstrated good practice, and a chance for delegates to network and share their own experiences

Action Required:

Speakers have now been confirmed for the first workshop in our thematic series, we are very excited to have:

  • Councillor Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for education, young people and children’s social care, London Borough of Hackney and Chair, LGA Children and Young People Board, chairing the afternoon
  • Tony McArdle, Chair of SEND Systems Leadership Board and independent adviser to the current SEND Review, who will be sharing his thoughts on the SEND delivery landscape, giving an overview of the national perspective.
  • Edwina Grant OBE, Chair of the ADCS Health, Care and Additional Needs Policy Committee and Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services, Lancashire County Council and, will speak from the ADCS perspective in relation to the SEND improvement journey for Local Authorities.
  • Dame Christine Lenehan, Director, Council for Disabled Children, will speak from the partnership perspective in relation to embedding a whole systems approach to SEND

This workshop is free to members and will be delivered via Zoom, book a place on Eventbrite. If you have any queries please contact Sangeeta.Bowman-York@local.gov.uk.


Characteristics of Children in Need 2021


On 28 October 2021, DfE published the Characteristics of Children in Need analysis for the reporting year 2021. Alistair Herbert 07761 328665 ( Data to Insight Manager) has updated the Benchmarking and CHaT tools to include the new data release.

Action Required:

These statistics, derived from the annual Children in Need Census, provide data on children in England referred to children’s social care services, assessments carried out relating to those children and whether a child became the subject of a child protection plan.


PAC report on impact of NFF changes

Action Required:

The report says the DfE “failed to take enough account of the impact of its decisions on individual schools and their pupils” when it announced changes to the school funding system, with the adverse impacts falling “disproportionately on deprived local areas and schools”. 


Independent review of children’s social care in England


The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care has published a summary of the more than 300 submissions received in response to its Case for Change, which set out the Review’s early thinking about what needs to change in the children’s social care system in England.

Action Required:

The feedback summary shares the messages from answers to questions in each chapter of the Case for Change highlighting where there is agreement and where views differ. Read the news story. Read the full report.

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan (October 2021) which will underpin activities in 2021-2022 

Characteristics of Children in Need 2020-2021 published by DfE 28 October 2021

School Funding published by the Public Accounts Committee on 22 October 2021

Support for Care Leavers published by the House of Commons Library on 20 October 2021

Levelling up: Five questions about what the government means by the phrase published by the Institute for Government on 22 September

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)


NHS (SE) CYP mental health: Gavin Lockhart (NHS England (South East))


07879 488307

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)