UPDATE NO 483 10 December 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 483 10 December 2021


Ofsted Annual Report 2020-2021


On 7 December 2021, Ofsted published its Annual Report for 2020-2021

Action Required:

The report presents their findings for the areas Ofsted inspects in early years childcare, schools, further education and skills and social care.

The full report is here


Covid-19 How Local Authorities Have Adapted Social Work Practice


On 2 December 2021, What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) and the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) published a report looking at how children’s services in England adapted in response to the pandemic

Action Required:

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown raised large concerns over how social workers would be able to still deliver the support needed for the families they work with. This COVID-19 Report looks at six of the initiatives rapidly implemented by local authorities’ children’s services to adapt their practice in response to Covid-19.

The interim report is here. The full report is here


Afghanistan resettlement education grant


On 3 December 2021, DfE announced Afghanistan Resettlement Education Grant for seven authorities in the south east totalling £1,193,883.

Action Required:

The LAs concerned are Hampshire, Kent, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Southampton, Surrey and West Berkshire.


SESLIP Freelance Consultant Approved List now open


On Monday 13 December 2021, ESCC advertised the SESLIP Freelance Consultant Approved ListPlease address all enquiries about this opportunity to Richard Tyndall, Programme Manager (detai;ls below

Action Required:

Freelance consultants interested in seeking work with the SESLI Programme should consult the advertisement now live on the SE Shared Services eSourcing Portal.


Staff College – Secondment Opportunity


The Staff College is advertising a flexible secondment opportunity for a programme facilitator/trainer focusing on anti-racist, anti-discriminatory leadership and equality, diversity, inclusion and equity (EDIE).

Action Required:

More details about the secondment opportunity are here. The deadline for submissions is 14th January 2022. We are open-minded about the professional/organisational background of the individual. If you would like a conversation about this role, please contact david.tilbrook@thestaffcollege.uk

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Expert Workshop #5: Mental Health Services for CYP. Fri 4 February 10:00. More information from Alison Michalska (contact details below)

Data Benchmarking: 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 4 February – 10.00am. More information from Chris Owen (contact details below)

AD Safeguarding: Friday 11 March 2022. More information from Mark Evans (contact details below)

QA Network: 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: 25 January 2022 (LAs only) more information from Tracey Maytas (contact details below)


Mental health care for children and young people during the pandemic


On 17 November 2021 CQC published “Provider collaboration review: Mental health care of children and young people during the COVID-19 pandemic

Action Required:

In June and July 2021, the Care Quality Commission carried out reviews in seven areas of England (including Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West ICS) to explore how services were working together to support children and young people’s mental health during the pandemic.

The full report is here


Elective home education – ADCS 2021 survey


On 24 November 2021, ADCS published its latest Elective Home Education survey.

Action Required:

It reports a further, significant increase in total numbers who are EHE, high levels of churn and that covid fears feature high in parents reasons for de-registration.

The full report is here.

Tools & Templates

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

Annual Report for 2020-2021 published by Ofsted on 7 December 2021

Covid-19 How Local Authorities Have Adapted Social Work Practice published by WWCSC and EIF on 2 December 2021

Elective Home Education survey published by ADCS on 24 November 2021

Children looked after in England including adoption: 2020 to 2021. published by DfE on 18 November 2021

Mental health care of children and young people during the COVID-19 pandemic published by CQC 17 November 2021

Judicial Review of Portsmouth’s EHE policy and procedures [2021] EWHC 3057 (Admin) published by the High Court on 16 November 2021

Using Pupil Premium Effectively published by EEF on 5 November 2021

Social care common inspection framework review: Consultation closes 24 January 2022 published by Ofsted on 2 November 2021

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

Using pupil premium: guidance for school leaders published by DfE on 18 Ocotober 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

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)


The Staff College Assistant Operations Manager: Ellie Bevis (The Staff College)


0161 729 1065

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)