UPDATE NO 489 20 January 2022

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 489 20 January 2022


Integrated Care Systems – contact lists now published


Dr Gavin Lockhart (contact details below), Clinical Lead for CYP Mental Health, South East Region, NHS England and NHS Improvement writes,

I am delighted to see new contact pages for the emerging networks in each of the South East’s Integrated Care System Areas. My colleagues in the NHS are working alongside SESLIP colleagues to identify all the key contacts in the ICS areas, and I ask you to visit the pages now and let us know how we can improve the accuracy and usefulness of the information.

“I am looking forward working with Lead Members from across the SE at an expert workshop to explain the new ways of working and answer questions on Friday 4 February.

“Please contact me direct if you have any questions.”

Action Required:

Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes: Milton Keynes, Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton

Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB): Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham

Frimley Health and Care: Bracknell Forest, Hampshire (Hart and Rushmoor only), Slough, Surrey (Surrey Heathlands only), Windsor and Maidenhead

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (HIOW): Hampshire (except Hart and Rushmoor), Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Southampton 

Kent and Medway: Kent and Medway

Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership: Surrey (except Surrey Heath)

Sussex Health and Care Partnership: Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex


Family Hubs – regional newsletter 1


Welcome to Carly Bain who is the newly appointed SE Regional Co-ordinator of the Family Hubs Programme. Carly has published newsletter 1 for the regional project.

Action Required:

If you are interested in learning more about the project or working with her, please contact her at carly.bain@iow.gov.uk 


upon Inspiring Leaders Aspirant DCS Programme


upon Inspiring Leaders have announced,

We’re thrilled that we will be looking for our next cohort of Aspirant Directors Programme candidates from February 2022. Are you an aspiring inspirational leader looking to be the positive changemaker the UK’s young people can depend upon? Starting in September 2022 and running until March 2023, upon will be back with 2 more cohorts of the upon Aspirant Directors Programme.” 

Action Required:

There will be an online webfair on Thursday 3 February 2022, 10.00 – 11.00 to register to attend, or to receive the recording of the webfair, please click here.

For further information on the programme in the meantime, please go to the How to apply page.


Revised memorandum of cooperation on agency social workers – deadline for textual amendments Friday 21 January 17:00


The revised regional memorandum of cooperation on agency social workers has received a significant boost in a joint letter signed by DCSs from Southampton,  Surrey and West Sussex pledging their support for the new arrangements.

Action Required:

The coordinated signing day will be Friday 11 February, and the go live date is 1 April 2022. More information from Mark Evans (details below).


The Staff College – publications


The Staff College last year published two briefing papers which they say may be of interest to your wider networks, and invite you to share these publications. More information from Ellie Bevis (contact details below)

Action Required:

Breaking Through the Mistrust (with Gatenby Sanderson) increasing ethnically diverse leadership in children’s services, and

Pushing at an Open Door (with SDSA) factors influencing the transfer of education leaders across to senior LA roles and the DCS role


RC Psych Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


The RCPsych Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is organising an online one-day conference “Creativity in Crisis; developing integrated and holistic pathways of care” on Tuesday 1 February

Action Required:

The full details are here. ADCS are encouraging LA children’s services engagement with the developing debate around CYP mental health.


Family Justice Young People’s Board – book launch Thursday 27 January 17:00


The Family Justice Young People’s Board (FJYPB) are hosting a free event on 27 January to promote their new book In Our Shoes, which includes a series of personal accounts of care proceedings and is aimed at practitioners to improve practice.

Action Required:

FJYPB present “In Our Shoes” – Book Launch 2022 Registration, Thu 27 Jan 2022 at 17:00


Prof Carlene Firmin talks on contextual safeguarding Wednesday 26 January 16:00


Professor Carlene Firmin, Sociology Department, Durham University, leads a free online seminar ‘Green lights, speed bumps and cul-de-sacs: the road to Contextual Safeguarding’

Action Required:

For details, click hereDate: Wednesday 26 January 2022, Time: 16:00 – 17:00

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for network meetings


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

Data Benchmarking: Tuesday 15 March 10:00am 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: Wednesday 16 March 2022. 2:00pm – 5:00pm. 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)


Reforming how local authority school improvement functions are funded


On 11 January 2022, DfE published its response to the consultation about the withdrawal of the School Improvement and Monitoring Brokering grant.

Action Required:

It includes the timetable for implementation of its withdrawal and flexibilities about some de-delegation reporting to ESFA in 2022.

The full response is here.


KCSIE consultation on revisions for the 2022 edition


On 11 January, DfE launched a consultation on proposed revisions to Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) for the 2022 edition.

Action Required:

The closing date is 8 March 2022.


SESLIP Freelance Consultant Approved List now open


ESCC has advertised the SESLIP Freelance Consultant Approved ListPlease address all enquiries about this opportunity to Richard Tyndall, Programme Manager

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

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan (October 2021) which will underpin activities in 2021-22.

Consultation on proposed revisions to Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) for the 2022 edition published by DfE 11 January 2022

DfE published its response to the consultation about the withdrawal of the School Improvement and Monitoring Brokering grant on 11 January 2022

Ofsted Education Recovery Series: Autumn 2021 published by Ofsted 16 December 2021

Key Data on Young People Data Base and Launch Webinar published by AYPH 14 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

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

The MoC area of the Seslip website now includes proposals for its relaunch on 1 April 2022.

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

Service Manager, Early Help, Family Hubs and Supporting Families: Carly Bain (Isle of Wight)


07970 009956

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

LGA Corporate Improvement Adviser: Philip (Phil) Simpkins (LGA)


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)