UPDATE NO 502 22 April 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 502 22 April 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


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. The deadline for applications is Friday 22 April, after this date places reserved for each authority will be allocated to the waiting list. Your final nominations need to be endorsed by your DCS and details sent to Mark Evans (details below)See this flyer for more details

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 (16 & 17 June)
  • 3 x ½ day virtual workshops, including sessions facilitated by Research in Practice & Early Intervention Foundation (11 July, 12 September, 27 September)
  • 1 x 1 day face to face end of programme/partner workshop (13 October)
  • 1 x ½ day co-production session
  • 5 X action learning set sessions during and post

More from Mark Evans (contact details below)


Public Law Outline toolkit – free SESLIP 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 1now closed, second session due on 27 April  OR Cohort 2:  11 May (am and pm) and 25 May (am only). For more information contact Alison Smailes (details below)


Emergency planning and response for education, childcare, and children’s social care settings


On 1 April DfE published Emergency planning and response for education, childcare, and children’s social care settings. It sets out guidance on how educational and childcare settings should plan for and deal with emergencies, including significant public health incidents and severe weather.

Action Required:

This guidance applies to:

  • early years
  • wraparound childcare and out of school settings
  • children’s social care
  • schools
  • further education
  • higher education
  • special educational needs and disability (SEND) and specialist settings

The full guidance is here


School-led tutoring grant


On 20 April DfE published revisions to the School-led tutoring grant. This sets out how schools and academy trusts should plan and deliver the national tutoring programme’s school-led tutoring to help pupils catch up on missed learning.

Action Required:

This guidance is for:

  • school and academy trust leaders
  • school and academy trust staff
  • governing bodies

It applies to state-funded schools and academy trusts with pupils eligible for pupil premium.

The guidance is here, with seperate documents for local authorities and virtual school heads; and for local authorities and independent special schools.

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Friday 8 July 10.00am.  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: Joint LA/Health 10 May 2022 12:00 – 13:30 more information from Tracey Maytas (contact details below)

Early Help: Wednesday 25 May 1.30pm. More information from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)


Child victims of modern slavery in the UK: March 2022


On 29 March, ONS published Child victims of modern slavery in the UK: March 2022. The hidden nature of modern slavery makes measuring victim numbers difficult. We have brought together data sources on child victims in the UK from a range of organisations to explore the issue.

Action Required:

Headline data (to Dec 2021) show 9% increase in potential child victims, with 90% of referrals accepted, of which 79% boys and 80% aged 15-17.

The full report is here


Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan


On 30 March, the Home Office published “Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan“, which will drive down the prevalence of domestic abuse and domestic homicide and provide victims and survivors with the support they need.

Action Required:

Using responses to the Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Call for Evidence, relevant data, and a comprehensive literature review, the plan outlines the government’s approach to tackling domestic abuse through prioritising prevention, supporting victims, pursuing perpetrators, and building a stronger system.

The print version of the plan is here.

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-led tutoring grant published by DfE 20 April 2022

Emergency planning and response for education, childcare, and children’s social care settings published by DfE 1 April 2022

Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan published by the Home Office 30 March 2022

Supporting practice in tackling child sexual abuse film series published by the CSA Centre on 30 March 2022

Child victims of modern slavery in the UK: March 2022 published by ONS 29 March 2022

Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit 2021 published by Brighton and Hove City Council, alongside a request to make a  donation to the work of Allsorts Youth Project

SEND Review: Right support Right place Right time published by DfE on 29 March 2022

Supporting schools that are not making necessary improvements published by DfE on 28 March 2022

Opportunity for all: strong schools with great teachers for your child published by DfE on 28 March 2022

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

Anti-Racism Report published by What Works for Children’s Social CareSocial Work England and the Principal Social Worker Network on 17 March 2022

The Competition & Markets Authority final report into the children’s social care market published by CMA 12 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

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)