UPDATE NO 498 25 March 2022

Newsletters If you would like to know more about 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 […]

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If you would like to know more about 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

If you like to work for the programme, ESCC has advertised the SESLIP Freelance Consultant Approved ListPlease address all enquiries about this opportunity to Richard Tyndall (contact details below)

UPDATE NO 498 25 March 2022


System Leadership – CYP Mental Health 28 April 3pm NOW BOOKING


NHS (England), The Staff College and SESLIP have organised a 2-hour online workshop “System Leadership in Children and Young People’s Mental Health – a south-east region perspective” 3pm-5pm on Thursday 28 April.  

Action Required:

This event is FREE and aimed at all strategic leaders from partner agencies, commissioners and providers. You can book here


Public Law Outline toolkit – free workshops NOW BOOKING


The course is aimed at team managers, service/district managers, heads of service and legal professionals and is free to SESLIP members. Join the 60+ colleagues from across the region who have already booked.

Action Required:

Now booking: Cohort 16 April (am and pm) and 27 April (am only) OR Cohort 2:  11th May (am and pm) and 25th May (am only). For more information contact Alison Smailes (details below)


Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership – Independent Scrutineer job advert


Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership (covering Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham council areas) is advertising for an Independent Scrutineer. Closes 31 March 2022.

Action Required:

This a consultancy position for approx 35 days per year at £600 per day. If you would like more information about this challenging and exciting role, please contact: Deborah Glassbrook, Executive Director for Children’s Services, Brighter Futures for Children.


Take Your Place – aspirant ADCS course NOW BOOKING


The Take Your Place programme is NOW BOOKING a 5-day aspirant Assistant Director’s course aimed at (approx) third-tier officers. Free of charge, each SESLIP large authority has two places and small authorities a single place. Your final nominations need to be endorsed by your DCS and details sent to Mark Evans (details below)

Action Required:

The 5-day programme will be delivered by The Staff College and consist of:

  • 1 x 2-day face to face orientation residential, including evening speaker (16th & 17th June)
  • 3 x ½ day virtual workshops, including sessions facilitated by Research in Practice & Early Intervention Foundation
  • 1 x 1 day face to face end of programme/partner workshop
  • 1 x ½ day co-production session
  • Based on 25 participants per cohort
  • 5 X action learning set sessions during and post



Sustainable high needs systems: learning from the ‘safety valve’ intervention programme

Action Required:

The programme, working with a small number of local authorities in the first round, identified a number of ways in which local authorities can and should improve their management of their high needs systems. The lessons learned through this intervention programme could benefit other local authorities.


School Capacity Survey May 2021 published


On 24 March, DfE published the data reported by local authorities in England, in the annual School Capacity (SCAP) survey, as of 1 May 2021. 

Action Required:

Data shows that 17% of primaries and 22% of secondaries are at or over capacity. Demand for primary places is expected to have peaked this year and, in secondaries, in 2025-26. These data report the highest level of excess capacity in primaries for a decade.


Education, children’s social care and offending


On 10 March 2022, DfE published Education, children’s social care and offending, an examination of the education and social care background of children cautioned or sentenced for an offence.

Action Required:

Correlations reported include the large majority of offenders have SEND (which increases the more prolific the offender) and that there is a closer correlation between having a series of suspensions and offending behaviour than if permanently excluded. Most young people who offended also had high levels of persistent absence.

The full report (81 pages) is here

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Joint meeting with DCSs on NHS Integrated Care Systems. Fri 8 April 9:30am. More from Alison Michalska (contact details below)

Data Benchmarking: Tuesday 12 July 10:00am More information from Alastair Lee (contact details below)

Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board: Monday 25 April 10.30am-12noon More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Action Required:

AD EducationFriday 6 May 10:00am. More information from Chris Owen (contact details below)

AD Safeguarding: Friday 10 June 10:00am. More information from Mark Evans (contact details below)

QA Network: Thursday 16 June 2:00pm – 5:00pm. More information from Amanda Meadows (contact details below)

Fostering Network: Wednesday 27 April 10-11.30am More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

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

Early Help: More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)


Consultation on Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice and implementation of Liberty Protection Safeguards. Closes 7 July 2022

Action Required:

LGA have organised a Q&A session on this topic on Thursday 24 March 9.30am-11.00am for a South East session. The consultation document is available here. You can respond to the consultation here. The consultation closes on 7 July.

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan (October 2021) which will underpin activities in 2021-22, and the early part of 2022-23

School Capacity (SCAP) survey published by DfE 24 March 2022

Sustainable high needs systems: learning from the ‘safety valve’ intervention programme published by DfE 24 March 2022

Education, children’s social care and offending published by DfE on 10 March 2022

Children’s social work workforce statistics published by DfE on 24 February 2022

Spotlight Inquiry published by APPG for Looked After Children and Care Leavers on 22 February 2022

Early help: concepts, policy directions and multi-agency perspectives published by Ofsted on 10 February 2022

What do we know about children deprived of their liberty? published by NFJO on 9 February 2022

State of the nation 2021: children and young people’s wellbeing published by DfE 8 February 2022

Securing good attendance and tackling persistent absence published by Ofsted on 7 February 2022

Consultation on proposed changes to the School Admission Appeals Code published by DfE on 7 February 2022. Closes 3 April 2022

Serious youth violence: county lines drug dealing and the Government response published by the House of Commons Library on 4 February 2022

Consultation on Behaviour in Schools Guidance and Suspension and Permanent Exclusion Guidance published by DfE on 3 February 2022. Closes 31 March 2022

How-to-guide for schools increasing attendance published by Behavioural Insights Team 3 February 2022

Response to the Children not in school consultation published by DfE 3 February 2022

Social work in England: Emerging Themes published by Social Work England 31 January 2022

Draft guidelines on self-harm (consultation closes 1 March 2022) published by NICE on 18 January 2022

UK Poverty 2022: The essential guide to understanding poverty in the UK published by Joseph Rowntree Foundation on 18 January 2022

Outcomes for black children in care and Ethnic minority social workers in the UK published by WWCSC on 13 January 2022

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

The MoC area of the SESLIP website now includes details of its relaunch on 1 April 2022.

Contact Details

Data and Information Manager: Luke Ede (East Sussex)


07925 148597

LGA Children’s Improvement Adviser: Alison Michalska (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07920 727626

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)